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Sep 1, 2023

Baltimore County jury awards $4M to victim of 2017 prison attack

A former prisoner who was attacked by three other inmates at the Maryland Correctional Training Center has won a $4 million jury verdict.

Nov 28, 2022

Lawyers’ job market may level off in 2023

Today is Monday, the 127th anniversary of the first auto race in the United States. Here are some other news items. – Job market for lawyers might level off in 2023. – Hong Kong’s leader asks if foreign lawyers may participate in national security cases. – Ex-prison warden faces trial for alleged abuse of female […]

Nov 14, 2022

Man arrested in strangling of deaf inmate in Baltimore jail

Maryland authorities announced the arrest of a man who is charged with strangling a deaf inmate in a Baltimore jail.

Nov 11, 2022

A makeshift knife is a knife, Md. appeals court rules in contraband case

A fingernail clipper ceases to be a cosmetic instrument and becomes a deadly device when filed to a point and placed on a handle, Maryland’s second-highest court held.

Jun 21, 2022

American Prison Writing Archive moving ‘striking stories of human resilience’ to Hopkins

The American Prison Writing Archive is moving to the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University.

Mar 3, 2022

4 plead guilty in Maryland prison smuggling scheme

A former prison guard, two inmates and a so-called “facilitator” are the latest defendants to plead guilty to a federal racketeering conspiracy at a Maryland prison.

Jul 9, 2021

As COVID recedes in prisons, will any lessons learned stick?

Prisons were forced to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there’s little evidence to suggest enough changes have been made to handle future waves of infection.

Dec 14, 2020

Is diploma privilege a fad?

Welcome to Monday, the eighth anniversary of the slaying of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Here are some news items to get your week started. — Diploma privilege has short shelf life. — Attorney challenges required political balance on Delaware courts. — Texas prosecutor chooses political opponent […]

Nov 26, 2018

Study finds low recidivism, potential savings to releasing older prisoners

Though Maryland’s prison population is down and legislative changes have reduced sentences for a number of nonviolent offenses, the reform discussion has not addressed a significant portion of the prison population: violent offenders who have served decades of their life sentences and not been paroled. The national nonprofit Justice Policy Institute argues that “geriatric” inmate[...]

Jun 26, 2018

For criminal sentencing, data-driven policy in action

What happens when a state agency decides to use a data-driven approach utilizing information from multiple sources to address a policy question?

May 4, 2018

Federal prisons close book on controversial purchasing policy

Federal prison officials abruptly reversed a controversial policy Thursday that had made it harder and more expensive for thousands of inmates to receive books by banning direct delivery through the mail from publishers, bookstores and book clubs.

Mar 21, 2018

Senate, House pass bills requiring prison pregnancy policies

Legislation to require state and local prisons to have written policies regarding pregnant inmates' medical care has passed the Senate and House of Delegates and appears headed to Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk pending additional, procedural votes.

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