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Risk-assessment legislation draws cost, efficacy concerns

Del. Julie Palakovich Carr, D-Montgomery County. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

ANNAPOLIS – A bill to require triennial evaluations of the questionnaires many judges use to assess whether defendants should be released before trial drew criticism Tuesday from lawmakers, who expressed concern about the cost of the consultant-driven questions and asked ...

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Studies conclude cash bail down but reform still needed

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Maryland’s new pretrial release rule dramatically decreased the use of cash bail but two recent independent studies concluded additional education and resources are needed. The Maryland Office of the Public Defender sent 64 volunteers to observe bail reviews in multiple ...

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Baltimore County courts launching pretrial pilot program

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Baltimore County circuit and district courts will launch a pilot pretrial supervision program Monday. Judges have been meeting with representatives from the Baltimore County Detention Center, state’s attorney’s office and the public defender’s office to monitor changes in the detention ...

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