Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board Begins Work

The Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board met for the first time Wednesday, January 4 in Annapolis. The inaugural meeting included presentations from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); Chris Shank, Chief Legislative Officer for the Governor’s Office and Glenn Fueston, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP); and Barbara Bazron, Executive … Continue reading Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board Begins Work

Governor Announces Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board

Governor Larry Hogan has announced the chair and members of the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board. The 25 member board is charged with overseeing the implementation of the Justice Reinvestment Act (SB 1005), the law passed during the 2016 outlining comprehensive state criminal justice reform. As announced by the Governor’s Office: “I was proud to sign the Justice … Continue reading Governor Announces Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board

Governor Signs Justice Reinvestment Act

Governor Larry Hogan signed the Justice Reinvestment Act into law at the final bill signing for the 2016 session. The omnibus act introduces reforms recommended by the Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council (JRCC) intended to reform the criminal justice system, reduce needless correctional spending (saving the state millions), and reinvest savings into more efficient programs that reduce … Continue reading Governor Signs Justice Reinvestment Act

Governor Praises Justice Reinvestment Act’s Support for Crime Victims

Governor Hogan praised the components of the Justice Reinvestment Act that address victim’s rights at a conference last week. As reported in The Washington Post: Addressing the Crime Victims’ Rights Conference, in Anne Arundel County, Hogan (R) said the legislation, which aims to reduce Maryland’s state prison population and costs by shifting nonviolent drug offenders … Continue reading Governor Praises Justice Reinvestment Act’s Support for Crime Victims

General Assembly Passes Justice Reinvestment Act

General assembly passes bill aimed at reducing the state prison population, saving the state millions, and reinvesting savings into reducing recidivism. Months of hard work, meetings, and data collection came to an end Monday, April 11 with the passage of SB 1005 – Justice Reinvestment Act. The Act introduces reforms recommended by the Justice Reinvestment … Continue reading General Assembly Passes Justice Reinvestment Act

Justice Reinvestment Act Voted Out of House

Maryland’s Justice Reinvestment Act (HB 1312) passed out of the House on Monday 105-31. The bill is intended to transform Maryland’s criminal justice system and reinvest savings into programs to reduce recidivism. As reported in The Baltimore Sun: Considered one of the most consequential bills of the 2016 General Assembly session, the measure is the … Continue reading Justice Reinvestment Act Voted Out of House

Justice Reinvestment Act on the Move in the House

A bill to transform Maryland’s criminal justice system and reinvest savings into programs to reduce recidivism is on its way out of committee. The bill, HB 1312, is expected to be on the House floor by the end of the week. As reported in The Baltimore Sun: The House Judiciary Committee voted 17-3 on Wednesday … Continue reading Justice Reinvestment Act on the Move in the House

Justice Reinvestment ‘Ball’ Now in House ‘Court’

With two weeks left in session the work on the Justice Reinvestment Act (SB 1005/HB 1312) is far from over. Despite some snags, SB 1005 passed out of the Senate 46-0 on March 24. As reported in The Washington Post: But the bill was almost derailed last week after the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee amended … Continue reading Justice Reinvestment ‘Ball’ Now in House ‘Court’

MACo Supports Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board, Calls on State to Address Local Concerns

On March 14, 2016 MACo Executive Director, Michael Sanderson, along with MACo Policy Analyst, Natasha Mehu testified to the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee in support with amendments for SB 768, Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board. MACo endorses these objectives of the Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council and supports the oversight process established by SB 768 to … Continue reading MACo Supports Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board, Calls on State to Address Local Concerns

MACo Supports Justice Reinvestment, Calls on State to Address Local Concerns

On March 2, 2016 MACo Policy Analyst, Natasha Mehu, testified to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in support with amendments for SB 1005, Justice Reinvestment Act. MACo appreciated the time and effort invested in Maryland’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative that has culminated in this omnibus legislation. While the focus has been on reforming the state’s criminal … Continue reading MACo Supports Justice Reinvestment, Calls on State to Address Local Concerns