The Washington Post issued another “Five things to watch” in Annapolis for the week ahead, including yet another mention of the still pending bail reform issues:
Will there be progress on bail reform?
The House and Senate leadership plan to meet again this week in hopes of finding a solution to Maryland’s inefficient system of setting bail for defendants awaiting trial.
In response to court decisions, the governor, the legislature and the judiciary have been searching for a way to streamline pretrial detention practices so that all defendants, including the poor, have access to a lawyer from the outset of the judicial process and no one is held in jail unnecessarily.
The outlines of a solution have been put forth in a pair of bills that would create a new statewide pretrial services unit to assume more responsibility for deciding who should be immediately released from custody before trial.
House and Senate leaders are also looking at a possible short-term solution while continuing to work out the details of a more permanent, more costly solution.