2014 Summer Conference Session: Fixing Bail Without Breaking Jail

In the wake of the Maryland Court of Appeals’ DeWolfe v. Richmond decision establishing the right to indigent representation at preliminary bail hearings, the State is still working toward revamping the system to comply with the rulings. The one-year $10 million stopgap funding in place for FY 15 to fund court-appointed attorneys includes an unprecedented requirement for counties to pick up the tab after the money runs out. With no long-term policy solution to Maryland’s court-ordered changes to its bail system, many questions and kinks remain. Panelists in this session will discuss potential solutions for FY 16 and beyond.


Chief Judge John P. Morrisey, District Court of Maryland

Scott Shellenberger, State’s Attorney, Baltimore County

Capt. Michael R. Merican, President, Maryland Correctional Administrators Association (MCAA); Commander, Corrections Division, St. Mary’s County Detention Center

Moderator: The Honorable Kathleen M. Dumais, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Friday, August 15, 2014; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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