Local Government Commission Convenes to Discuss Justice Reinvestment

The first meeting of the Local Government Justice Reinvestment Commission was held Thursday, August 30 in Annapolis. The Commission was established to represent each county in advising the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board on matters related to the Justice Reinvestment Act’s implementation. This includes making recommendations regarding performance incentive grants to local governments and creating measures … Continue reading Local Government Commission Convenes to Discuss Justice Reinvestment

Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board Gears Up For Act’s Implementation

The Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board (JROB) held a quarterly meeting on Monday, August 28 in Crownsville. First up on the agenda was an update from the  Maryland Department of Health.  Chief of Staff David Lashar, Deputy Chief of Staff Webster Ye, and Dr. Barbara Bazron Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Administration discussed progress on issues … Continue reading Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board Gears Up For Act’s Implementation

Feds Push Return to ‘Drug War’, Maryland Officials Back Justice Reinvestment

In 2016 the Maryland General Assembly passed and the Governor signed the Justice Reinvestment Act into law. The Act sought to reform the criminal justice system, reduce needless correctional spending (saving the state millions), and reinvest savings into more efficient programs that reduce recidivism and improve criminal justice outcomes. Provisions of the Act supported state efforts … Continue reading Feds Push Return to ‘Drug War’, Maryland Officials Back Justice Reinvestment

Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board Briefed on Opioids, Implementation

The Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board held a quarterly meeting on Monday April 24, in Annapolis. Senator Michael Hough and Delegate Kathleen Dumais shared relevant updates from the 2017 General Assembly session. Hough noted legislation that was amended to avoid mandating Justice Reinvestment funds be spent in a certain way. Dumais discussed bills related to pretrial services … Continue reading Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board Briefed on Opioids, Implementation

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