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Advocates continue to push for expansion of Md. expungement law

Del. Jill P. Carter, D-Baltimore City, is the chief sponsor of House Bill 283, which would make government agencies liable for attorneys’ fees and legal costs, in addition to damages, if a plaintiff prevails on a state constitutional claim.

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland General Assembly will again grapple with the practicality and the implications of allowing individuals to remove non-convictions from their records, with advocates continuing to push for an expansion of the state’s expungement law. Senate Bill 589 and ...

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Md. bill passes allowing prosecutors to vacate ‘unjust’ convictions

“It’s really an extremely modest investment for all of the actual dollars that will be saved, let alone the health outcomes and the indirect cost savings that come from that,” says Del. Erek Barron, D-Prince George's. (File Photo)

Though some “second chance” legislation failed to pass the General Assembly in 2019 despite years of pushes from advocates, a bill to provide a tool to prosecutors to vacate past unjust convictions gained bipartisan support and passed both chambers by the ...

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Partial expungement proposal provokes concerns, opposition

John Morrissey

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Judiciary continues to oppose legislation that would allow for partial expungement of criminal records until courts can be sure their technology and staff will be up to the task. House Bill 13, introduced by Del. Erek Barron, D-Prince ...

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MVLS tracking impact of driver’s license violations on clients

(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service has been taking a closer look at the impact driver’s license violations have on low-income Marylanders’ ability to get their records expunged and whether violations are pushing them into poverty. When an MVLS lawyer assists ...

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‘Infrastructure’ repair part of criminal justice reform, advocates say

Reform efforts like the Justice Reinvestment Act will only heighten the need for an administrative process that accurately reflects the legal standing of people who put in the work to have their record cleared, according to Towson solo practitioner Kathleen Cahill.

The growing trend toward criminal justice reform will create opportunities for people with criminal records to get second chances and avoid the collateral consequences of a conviction, but slip-ups and faulty policies on the administrative side of things can still ...

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