The Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline
is committed to ensuring that the discipline of young people in Maryland schools is fair, equitable, appropriate, and designed to keep kids in school and on track to graduate. MD NARAL is interested in ending practices in which pregnant and parenting students are mislabeled as truant, as well as push out factors that contribute to their dropping out of school, including school climates that make students feel unsafe.
This year we are supporting HB1287
Commission on the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Restorative Practices (we also partnered with GLSEN
in support of the bill), HB425
/SB651 Pubic Schools - Suspensions and Expulsions, and HB1222
, Maryland School Discipline Reform Act
MD NARAL is proud to be the lead advocate on HB616/SB232 Education - Pregnant and Parenting Students - Attendance Policy.
Organizations in support include: Adoptions Together, Advocates for Children & Youth, Associated Catholic Charities, Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Citizens Review Board for Children, MD Court Appointed Special Advocates, Family Tree, MD Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, MD Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, MD State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, MD Conference of the NAACP, CASA de Maryland, Maryland PTA, MD Catholic Conference, National Women's Law Center, MD Chapter of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, MD Association of Nurse Midwives, ACLU of Maryland, MD AAUW, the Women’s Law Center of Maryland, and GLSEN. We also are supporting a good companion legislation: HB1381
Education - Adult High School Pilot Program.
The Maryland Justice and Safety Alliance seeks to improve conditions for adults and juveniles confined in state prison, jails, and detention centers by advocating with the incarcerated, their families, and communities impacted by crime through policy and legislation. MD NARAL's interest is in the state adequately meeting the sexual and reproductive healthcare needs of women and girls incarcerated or detained in Maryland systems. This includes access to preventative healthcare, abortion care, prenatal care, and post-partum care, as well as environments where facility practices do not frustrate or jeopardize one’s sexual or reproductive health, especially in relation to pregnancy outcomes.
This session, we are supporting HB1001
Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Limitations, HB1255
Juveniles - Mechanical Restraints, and HB1256
Juveniles - Strip Search - Limitations. Practices such as indiscriminate strip searches, overuse of mechanical restraints, and solitary confinement contribute to poor pregnancy outcomes.
Other bills we are supporting per request of allied organizations and/or legislators include:
HB95 Sales and Use Tax - Hygienic Aids
HB395/SB293 Child Care Subsidy Program - Alternative Methodology – Report
HB418/SB294 Child Care Subsidy Program - Reimbursement Rate Adjustments
HB698/SB362 Public Information Act - Records Relating to Alleged Job-Related Misconduct by Law Enforcement Officers
HB1362/SB835 Maryland Law Enforcement and Governmental Trust Act
HB459 Higher Education - Adult Correctional Institutions - Job Training and Education
HB1067 Shelter Services for Homeless Women – Feminine Hygiene Products
SB625 Public Schools and Shelters - Homeless Girls and Women - Feminine Hygiene Products