On March 9th, 2021 MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson testified before the House Judiciary Committee to support HB 1331 Maryland Criminal Justice Debt Elimination and Prevention Act of 2021 with amendments. This bill creates incentives to abandon fees associated with home monitoring services.
From the MACo Testimony:
County leaders must constantly manage their scarce financial resources. Delivering public services, including safe and efficient correctional facilities, is among those challenges. The direction toward home detention as a condition of alternative sentences or pretrial arrangements is substantial, driven by both justice and financial considerations. MACo urges that the General Assembly continue to pursue a path of collaboration, and incentive, rather than merely eliminate options in delivering local services. The model of HB 126, a bill MACo supported, is a far preferable approach to this concern
rather than the absolute ban envisioned under HB 1331 as drafted.
Follow MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2021 legislative session on MACo’s Legislative Tracking Database.