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Ashley DeVaughn
Policy and Advocacy Consultant, Youth Justice Analyst

Ashley is an accomplished advocate with effective leadership in the areas of public administration, fiscal management, equity, and public policy with extensive coalition management as well as partnership development experience across multidisciplinary areas. As a  former educator, Ashley is an expert in the social and emotional development of youth, positive youth engagement, and restorative practices. Her professional portfolio spans government agencies (Maryland State Department of Education), local educational agencies (Baltimore City Schools), and non-profit organizations.  Before her consultancy role,  Ashley was the youth justice policy director at Advocates for Children and Youth.

Description of Wins:


Juveniles Charged as Adults – Confidentiality of Records

Juvenile Proceedings – Fines, Fees, and Costs


Juvenile Justice Reform Council

Juvenile Law – Continued Detention – Minimum Age


Topics Currently Covered: Crime and violence prevention, gun violence, diversion, community alternatives to incarceration, youth engagement, community development, family and community engagement, policing, school- to-prison pipeline, alternatives to school discipline, restorative justice/ restorative practices, reentry, and Maryland juvenile justice system.

  • Chair, Maryland Youth Justice Coalition
  • Co Chair, Youth Workgroup- People’s Commission
  • Co Chair, Youth Diversion Workgroup, Mayor’s Office of Children and Family Success- Baltimore City
  • Maryland Violence Prevention Coalition
  • Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
  • Thriving Youth Workgroup (formerly Juvenile Recidivism)- Baltimore City

Education: Master of Political Science from Florida A &M University and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fort Valley State University.

Preferred Way of Contact: email