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Tag Archives: criminal justice

Researchers find racial disparities across court system

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Black and Latino defendants in Massachusetts are more likely than white defendants to be locked up for drug and weapons offenses and get longer sentences than white people sent to prison for similar crimes, researchers at Harvard Law School said in a report released Wednesday.

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Journalists, advocates sue judiciary members over broadcast ban

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A group of journalists and nonprofits is asking a federal court to declare unconstitutional Maryland’s law against broadcasting lawfully obtained recordings of criminal proceedings. The complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, claims the law “impedes the public’s ...

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Increasing prison sentences – by any name or number – won’t stem violence

Inmates in a pretrial holding block last year during a tour of the Baltimore City Detention Center prior to its closing. Some people arrested in the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray were held for two days without an initial appearance; others received bail amounts they could not afford. (Maximilian Franz / The Daily Record)

In response to various legislative proposals from Gov. Larry Hogan, Maryland is on a fast track to pass a poorly conceived law that, if enacted, will grow Maryland’s prison population with little impact on our safety. The full Senate on ...

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Editorial Advisory Board: Time to reform solitary confinement

A bill that would limit the use of restrictive housing of Maryland inmates met resistance Tuesday from state prison officials, who said they have proposed changes to the inmate disciplinary process and are doubling their mental health staff. (Thinkstock)

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 ...

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Defunded criminal justice council plans to re-form, continue work

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The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council voted to disband Wednesday just weeks after Gov. Larry Hogan stripped it of its funding but also agreed to form a new body to continue the council’s work. Hogan announced Sept. 15 the council would be stripped ...

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Md. juvenile services’ screening initiatives reducing unnecessary detention

A decline in the number of juveniles securely detained in Maryland is expected to continue, thanks to ongoing modifications and tools in use by the state’s Department of Juvenile Services to standardize the intake process.

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