Howard Exec Introduces Police Accountability Board Legislation
County Executive Ball at the July 21, 2021 press conference announcing the emergency legislation to maintain outdoor dining. Image courtesy of Howard County Government.
Howard Exec Introduces Police Accountability Board Legislation

On Thursday, October 21st, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball pre-filed legislation to establish a Police Accountability Board. The proposed board would include five voting members appointed by the Howard County Executive and Council. Two non-voting designees of the Chief of Police and the Sheriff would also serve on the board. The board would, in part, be charged with receiving complaints of police misconduct filed by members of the public and reviewing outcomes of disciplinary matters. County Executive…

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Winter #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure!

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today,” on Dec 8-10, 2021, will bring together more than 600 leaders in the private and public sectors to discuss how to prepare for the changes on the horizon in Maryland.  View the Registration Brochure to see the full schedule, along with session titles and descriptions. Topics to be discussed include: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Cannabis Broadband Social Media 2022 General Assembly Opioids Post-Pandemic Workplace Highway User Revenue…

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NACo Webinar: Reducing Jail Populations

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) and its partners at The Pew Charitable Trusts for a webinar on “Reducing Jail Populations through State and Local Policy Coordination” Thursday, October 28th, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST. Counties across the country are partnering with state leaders to consider policies that reduce jail populations and improve public safety, especially as congregate care settings have fueled the spread of COVID-19. Counties operate 91 percent of local jails…

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Hogan Announces Policing Priorities

On Friday, October 15th, Governor Larry Hogan proposed a $150 million initiative in support of police and victims' services. The initiative will include some immediate funds from the state, but other funding priorities will need to be approved by the Maryland General Assembly in its upcoming session. The Maryland Reporter summarized the initiative in a recent article: $45 million for local police aid $50 million for state police compensation $10 million for neighborhood safety grants…

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Prince George’s County Holds Resource Fair for Returning Residents

On Wednesday, October 13th, the Prince George's County Bridge Center at Adam’s House hosted a resource fair for County residents, focusing on formerly incarcerated citizens, returning military veterans, and transitional-aged youth. More than 50 public, private, nonprofit, and community-based organizations provided critical connections to support services and resources at the fair. Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks discussed the importance of the event in a press release: “We are so Prince George’s Proud of the Bridge Center…

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Hogan Announces Plans for Baltimore City Treatment Center

On October 8th, Governor Larry Hogan announced next steps for the Baltimore Therapeutic Treatment Center, which will be housed within a redeveloped Baltimore City Pretrial Complex. The Department of General Services issued a request for proposal (RFP) to assist in the Center's development. The Baltimore Therapeutic Treatment Center is intended to provide mental health and substance use treatment services and care to nonviolent offenders upon entry into the criminal justice system. It is estimated to take 10…

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Federal Courts, Private Prisons, and Potential Conflict

A recent federal court case could have significant implications for legislatures seeking to limit or eliminate private detention centers across the country, including in Maryland. In The Geo Group, Inc. v. Newsom, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reversed a lower court's injunction preventing a private prison company from operating in California based on a state law, AB 32, that phases "out all private detention facilities within the state." The Court justified its…

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Rutherford Announces Pilot to Combat Increasing Overdose Deaths

Today, Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford announced the Rapid Analysis of Drugs pilot initiative involving the Maryland State Police (MSP), Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The initiative will "test drugs and paraphernalia using a Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART) Mass Spectrometer, which details the contents of drugs within minutes." “The Rapid Analysis of Drugs program provides Maryland with an opportunity to substantially increase its ability to monitor the…

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Barron Moves Forward as U.S. Attorney Nominee
Don Curtian, Clifford Mitchell, Delegate Erek Barron, John Holaday
Barron Moves Forward as U.S. Attorney Nominee

On Thursday, September 23rd, Delegate Erek Barron was voted out of the United States Senate's Judiciary Committee, paving the way for his appointment as U.S. Attorney for Maryland. His nomination will be sent to the Senate floor for a final confirmation vote. Delegate Barron, who represents District 24 (Prince George’s County) in the Maryland House of Delegates, has had a strong influence on the General Assembly's criminal justice agenda. In recent years, he has been…

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Carroll Names New Director of Fire and EMS

The Carroll County Board of County Commissioners named Michael W. Robinson, Sr. as director of the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services. Robinson brings 45 years of extensive experience in combined career and volunteer leadership roles at several fire/rescue organizations. Director Robinson is charged with the overall direction, administration, and evaluation of the newly established Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and will plan, develop, implement, and evaluate a county-wide combination fire…

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