City names criminal justice director


Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake named attorney and juvenile justice policy expert Angela Johnese, Esq. as the new director of the Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice.

In her role as  director, Johnese will coordinate multi-agency criminal justice programs and initiatives and administer state and federal crime grants that support Baltimore's crime reduction strategies.

"We are very pleased to announced Angela Johnese as the new director of the Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice," Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. "Her commitment to developing alternatives and solutions for young people will support our efforts to create long-term reductions in crime."

Before coming to Baltimore Johnese worked in New Orleans, LA as staff attorney for New Orleans Legal Assistance and for the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, where she provided legal representation to vulnerable residents and incarcerated youth. She was the co-founder and director of Advocacy for the Youth Empowerment Project, which offered legal advocacy, case management, and other services for juvenile offenders.

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