Criminal Justice

Washington Post: Maryland panel recommends major changes to police practices

By Ovetta Wiggins A Maryland legislative panel on Monday offered sweeping changes in police policies, including giving officers periodic psychological evaluations and allowing the public to attend police trial boards. Under the proposed changes, residents would also be given more time to file brutality complaints. The Public Safety and Policing Work Group voted to submit […]

Read More

Baltimore Sun: New state laws to help Marylanders clear arrest records

By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun Tavon Wheeler believes his arrest history is holding him back. Over the years, the 31-year-old Baltimore man has been charged with violations such as disorderly conduct and having an open container of alcohol.In each instance, court records show, the charges were dropped or postponed indefinitely, or he received probation before […]

Read More

Senators DeGrange and Guzzone respond to Governor Hogan’s BCDC Announcement

Statement of the Chairs of the Special Joint Commission on Public Safety and Security in State and Local Correctional Facilities Annapolis, Maryland – Senator James Ed DeGrange (D-32) and Senator Guy Guzzone (D-13) released the following statement concerning Governor Hogan’s rumored announcement on the closure of the Baltimore City Detention Center: “As the Chairs of […]

Read More

The Washington Post: Drug crime is No. 1 reason offenders in Maryland are sentenced to prison

By Ovetta Wiggins Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute remains the No. 1 reason people in Maryland are sentenced to state prison, according to figures presented to a state panel charged with finding ways to reduce incarceration and recidivism. The Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council, which consists of a bipartisan group of lawmakers, senior-level […]

Read More