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Baltimore Police leader named to police reform work group

Baltimore Police Commissioner  Michael Harrison speaks in 2019 about his department's efforts to fight violent crime. (The Daily Record / Adam Bednar)

The police commissioner in Maryland’s largest city has been appointed to a police reform work group created by an organization of U.S. mayors. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison will be one of three law enforcement leaders on the U.S. Conference ...

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Baltimore considering 6 teams for police reforms monitor

(The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Six teams are vying to become an independent monitor over police reforms in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun reports that the six teams were chosen as finalists from a list of more than two dozen applicants for the job. The team selected will ...

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Trump campaign vows could collide with Md.’s justice reform efforts

President-elect Donald Trump, left, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence arrive at Indianapolis International Airport for visit to the Carrier factory, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

ANNAPOLIS — If Donald Trump’s campaign was any precursor to his administration, the president-elect could threaten criminal justice reform underway in Maryland, some civil rights advocates say. Following a U.S. Department of Justice report that revealed potentially unconstitutional practices in ...

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New law school courses, clinics delve into criminal justice issues

‘I think the overall issue is that we’re losing sight of the purpose of pretrial detention, which is to protect the community,’ says attorney Zina Makar. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

As conversations about police conduct, racial disparities and flaws in the criminal justice system have been taking place in Baltimore and around the country, colleges and universities have launched courses aimed at examining the root causes of these societal issues ...

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Urban League panel calls for criminal justice reform

William H. ‘Billy’ Murphy Jr., left, talks with J. Howard Henderson, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Urban League, outside the Baltimore Convention Center on Friday during the National Urban League’s conference. Murphy urged for ending of the drug war by treating addiction as a medical issue instead of a criminal one. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Condemning mandatory minimum sentences and mass incarceration, a group of attorneys, civil rights advocates and business leaders urged attendees at the National Urban League’s annual conference to work toward long-term solutions to eliminate these and other criminal justice issues plaguing ...

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Report: Justice Dept. poorly tracks its diversion programs

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is underutilizing programs meant to keep low-level criminal offenders out of prison and is doing a poor job of tracking their success, a watchdog report found Thursday. The audit from the department’s inspector general examines ...

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