From the 2007 News Archive
School of Law to Host Oct. 1 Congressional Hearing on Combating Drug Abuse and Related Crime in Baltimore
The School of Law will host a field hearing of the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives' Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Monday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. in the Ceremonial Court Room.
Congressman Elijah Cummings ’76 will chair the hearing entitled "Combating Drug Abuse and Drug-related Crime: What Is Working in Baltimore." The hearing will address innovative approaches to combating drug use, drug-related violence, and gang activity, including the provision and coordination of multiple services to at-risk juveniles and young adults, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, job training, and housing.
The hearing will also specifically examine best practices in the operation of drug courts and emergent problem-solving courts (truancy courts, teen courts), law-enforcement approaches to combat gang activity, and coordinated community outreach to at-risk individuals and low-level offenders. The focus of the hearing will be on development of pragmatic alternatives to incarceration to prevent drug use and drug-related violence.
Panelists will include:Judge Judy Weitzman
Chair, Maryland Drug Court CommissionJudge Ellen Heller ’77
State of Maryland, 8th Judicial Circuit CourtCommissioner Josh Sharfstein
Baltimore City Health DepartmentMs. Sheryl Goldstein
Director, Baltimore City, Mayor's Office on Criminal JusticeDr. Philip Leaf
Director, Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence
Seating at the hearing is available on a limited basis.