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Maryland will award about $1M in pretrial services grants

Maryland will award grants totaling about $1 million to 11 counties to develop and improve pretrial service programs as courts have moved away from cash bail in favor monitored release of defendants before trial, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention said this week.

The money comes from the Pretrial Services Program Grant Fund, which the General Assembly created this year to provide a funding mechanism for alternatives to jail for alleged nonviolent offenders who could benefit more from drug and mental-health treatment programs than from incarceration before trial. The awards will go toward case-management staff for referrals to treatment programs, as well as for pretrial monitoring devices, the GOCCP stated in a press release Tuesday.

“We  worked closely with counties to incorporate national and local best practices that would result in consistent outcome measurements across the state,” GOCCP Executive Director V. Glenn Fueston Jr. stated in the release. “We received nearly $1.3 million in requests for new and existing programs and we were able to fund a majority of the requests.”

The counties receiving grants are Anne Arundel, $94,255; Calvert, $109,477.00; Cecil, $94,051; Dorchester, $29,250; Howard, $165,546; Montgomery; $130,000; Prince George’s, $48,712; Somerset, $95,825; St. Mary’s, $57,252; Washington, $125,386; and Wicomico, $50,245.

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