Appointments to Commission to Study Pretrial System Announced

Following an executive order by the Governor Martin O’Malley, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) has announced the appointments and first meeting for the Governor’s Commission to Reform Maryland’s Pretrial System. As reported in the press release:

The Commission was established by Governor Martin O’Malley when he issued an Executive Order on May 27, 2014. Members of the Commission will examine the pretrial justice system in Maryland, look at best practices from around the country, and assess the use of an objective risk assessment tool to inform pretrial release determinations.

In 2012, the Commission to Study the Laws and Policies Relating to Representation of Indigent Criminal Defendants by the Office of the Public Defender recommended that the State implement a validated risk assessment tool and establish a statewide pretrial system in Maryland. The Governor’s Commission to Reform Maryland’s Pretrial System will build on this previous Commission’s recommendations, and move the reform process forward.

In addition to representatives from legislative, judicial and executive offices, membership on the Commission shall include representatives of local government, the Maryland Correctional Administrators Association (MCAA), and local law enforcement. A full listing of the appointees may be found within the press release.

The Commission’s first meeting will be held Thursday, June 26, 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Judiciary Education and Conference Center, 2011D Commerce Park Drive, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.

For more information, please visit the Commission’s webpage and read previous coverage on Conduit Street.

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