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2019 Policy Papers


Addressing Legal Knowledge and Counsel Deficiencies in Maryland Rent Court Eviction Proceedings

Randall Ainsworth, Graham Bos, Emma Riggs, Madeline Ross

Many public and private resources currently exist to aid tenant defendants in Maryland Rent Court eviction proceedings – including pro-bono legal counsel as well as online and physical educational materials. However, deficiencies remain in tenants’ knowledge about the rent court eviction process and their rights, and this can result in violations of tenants’ rights. Our policy paper seeks to address this discrepancy by recommending the systematic distribution of an informational flier detailing the rights of the parties, with all court summons in eviction cases in rent court.

Addressing Youth Opioid Abuse through the Method of Education

Olivia Lubarsky, Liam Nahill, Sydney Nemphos, and Daniel Pletcher

Maryland communities are threatened by the rapidly increasing prevalence of addiction. Opioid addiction is a problem that is currently plaguing Maryland, and it is one that has been prioritized since Governor Hogan declared a State of Emergency; Maryland is ranked among the top five states displaying the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths. In particular, opioid addiction, abuse, and overdoses are affecting our youth, and it is critical that we address the problem. Current efforts include the Student Assistance Program and the Before It’s Too Late campaign. Our policy recommendations, such as narcan education for youth, Medication Assisted Treatment training for school nurses and professionals, and education and promotion for school safe stations all expand upon previously existing policies. These policy recommendations would provide for a more comprehensive opioid abuse and addiction defense, starting with the future of Maryland.


Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Among Women In Maryland

Jennifer Escobar Guevara, Christelle Mbah, Margaret Owens, Sophia Ross

Intimate Partner Violence impacts thousands of women in the United States daily, causing major mental and physical damage and harm which may have lasting effects over their entire lifetimes. Intimate Partner Violence impacts all women in every state regardless of their identities, race, or sexuality. The rates of Intimate Partner Violence among women in Maryland emphasizes the significance of this issue, and the important role of the Hogan administration in furthering their efforts to reduce and prevent Intimate Partner Violence. In order for such actions to have a lasting impact on Intimate Partner Violence rates among women in Maryland this paper proposes implementation of Intimate Partner Violence prevention and reduction policies and programs focused on education, abuser intervention, and mandating screening for IPV in healthcare settings. Successfully executing these actions will make Maryland an example for all states in reducing Intimate Partner Violence.

Foster Care and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth – Lasting Solutions

Ethan Hennessy, Grace Kelly, Ewaoluwa Ogundana, Madeline Wodaski

Foster care and unaccompanied homeless youth are vulnerable individuals who lack a traditional family support system and place to call home. With unstable homes and constant transitions, the education of these youth fall through the cracks. Though Maryland strongly values education, foster care and unaccompanied homeless youth still fall behind in statistics compared to the general population of Maryland students. Current efforts provide a plethora of resources to these youth, but they lack a focus on post-secondary achievement. Our policy recommendations address this disconnect and focus on increasing access to post high school opportunities such as job access and higher education. With our recommendations, we will be fulfilling the educational needs of thousands of youth and ultimately preparing them to reach their full potential as Maryland residents and global citizens.


Making it Possible: Solutions for Increasing Maryland College Completion

Diego Gomez, Amber Stanford, and Christopher Sung

The health of higher education remains an important policy interest for thousands of Marylanders. However, not all is well with post-secondary learning in the Old Line State. Despite some promising gains in aggregate college graduation rates at state-funded institutions, Maryland continues to fall behind its neighbors in terms of undergraduate completion statistics. In our paper, we analyze the factors hampering the percentages of timely graduation at Maryland’s public institutions and argue that government action is both urgently required and entirely reasonable. We outline a multi-faceted policy solution that would not only target state entities, but also include the federal government. Ultimately, through our research, we hope to challenge the notion that simply augmenting existing financial aid programs effectively supports disadvantaged students; we hope to demonstrate that increasingly high living costs not covered by any monetary packages constitute the new barriers to college completion.


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