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Editorial Advisory Board: Front-line workers and child custody issues

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a growing number of child custody issues are arising among parents who share custody of their minor children. The most looming is whether parents who are considered front-line workers pose a health risk to their children. ...

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Group seeks court order releasing Prince George’s detainees

Citing the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, a prisoners’ rights group is seeking a federal court order to release medically vulnerable detainees from the Prince George’s County jail to protect them from contracting or spreading the COVID-19 virus. ...

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Chief Judge Barbera issues order protecting adult prison population

Maryland’s top jurist has called for the state’s judges to meet with prosecutors and defense counsel to identify inmates at heightened risk of dying from the COVID-19 virus and to determine which individuals should be released from prison, where communicable ...

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Chief Judge Barbera issues order protecting juvenile jail population

In an effort to protect the state’s juvenile jail population from the COVID-19 virus, Maryland’s top jurist told the state’s judges Monday to release those youngsters in detention or commitment whose release would not pose a danger to themselves or others and who have a home or other facility to go to serve their sentence, among other factors.

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Court of Special Appeals postpones arguments, cites concerns with Zoom

Maryland’s second-highest court has postponed its pandemic-compelled remote oral arguments for Friday due to concerns about the security of Zoom, the free online videoconferencing site the state judiciary had used until Thursday. The Court of Special Appeals stated in an ...

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Prosecutors, police among those joining call for juveniles’ release

Current and former prosecutors, police and youth justice agents from outside Maryland came out this week in support of the state public defender’s call for judges to release all detained and incarcerated juveniles who do not pose an immediate threat ...

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State agencies reject public defender’s call for broad release of juveniles

The Maryland public defender’s office seeks too much in its call for judges to release all detained and incarcerated juveniles who do not pose an immediate threat of seriously harming someone, state agencies responsible for the youngsters’ safety told Maryland’s ...

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