There’s an effort for reform of solitary confinement ( also known as “restrictive housing” or “administrative segregation”) in Maryland jails and prisons in the General Assembly. Senate Bill 539 (cross-filed with House Bill 786) seeks some limitations on the practice ...Read More »
Gov. Larry Hogan said he will propose a criminal justice package in the coming legislative session that will include what he called a “truth in sentencing” bill in an effort to address violent crime in Baltimore City. The governor announced ...Read More »
A circuit court can properly use its revisory power to add probation to a partially-suspended life sentence so that it would not be an illegal term — even when the sentence came as part of a plea agreement, Maryland’s top court has ...Read More »
A judge can consider at sentencing a convict’s membership in a gang whose violent activities are known and required of all members, Maryland’s top court has unanimously ruled. In its 7-0 decision, the Court of Appeals rejected arguments that increasing ...Read More »
After undergoing a major overhaul in a Senate committee, a bill which started out as a way to punish individuals who distribute an opioid that is linked to a user’s death now instead would create an enhanced penalty for distribution ...Read More »
The Court of Special Appeals has upheld a 70-year sentence for a man convicted of theft scheme and perjury for repeatedly making false statements about his finances to obtain waivers of civil filing fees in Montgomery County Circuit Court. The ...Read More »
HAGERSTOWN — A woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for strangling her 65-year-old roommate. The Herald-Mail reports that 41-year-old Leandra Blunt of Washington, D.C., was sentenced Tuesday in Hagerstown. She also got a 10-year suspended sentence for ...
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