Grant Funding Available to Promote Alternatives to Incarceration

The Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services has announced the launch of the FY2024 Performance Incentive Grant Fund (PIGF) Notice of Funding Availability The primary purpose of the PIGF is to reduce Maryland’s state and local incarcerated population through appropriate diversion, deflection, service provision and recidivism reduction resources. The fund was established through savings generated from Maryland’s Justice Reinvestment Act (JRA) to provide for county-led innovations and state expansions of programming that…

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NACo Tackles Reducing Jail Populations

Join NACo for a webinar on reducing jail populations on February 2, 2023, 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. Reducing the number of people in jail for technical violations can help decrease jail populations and improve outcomes and compliance with supervision conditions. Counties can reduce this kind of incarceration by reducing case processing times and implementing specialized caseloads. In October 2022, NACo released its County Guide to Reducing Jail Populations and Costs, a web-based toolkit with key policies,…

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Big State and Local Challenges in Caring for the Incarcerated at #MACoCon

County wardens and NACo health policy advocates discuss the progress and ongoing challenges with the care and rehabilitation of justice-involved communities. With incarceration rates on the rise in Maryland, a panel of experts came together at the MACo Winter Conference to discuss how county jails are adapting to the growing needs of inmates in our county facilities. At risk of sounding like a broken record, staffing shortages and looming retirements are a real and present threat…

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Abundant State and Local Collaboration on Police Accountability at #MACoCon

Local and state officials shed light on the status of police misconduct reforms and the extensive collaboration required by everyone involved.  The implementation of the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 involves the collaboration of numerous state and local agencies across Maryland. With speakers from the Attorney General's Office, the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commissions (MPTSC), and County Attorneys, it is clear that all hands are on deck and the process is moving ahead.…

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Anne Arundel’s First Annual Police Accountability Board Report

As a function of the statewide legislation, all police accountability boards must submit an annual report of their activities - Anne Arundel's report is in.  In a press release last week, the Office of the Anne Arundel County Executive announced that the county's Police Accountability Board (PAB) has released its first annual report outlining the number, type, and status of complaints and recommendations to improve the complaint process. From the release Jeanette Ortiz, Chair of the Anne…

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Eligible Retirees and Staffing Vacancies Paints a Dangerous Public Safety Picture at #MACoCon

When taking eligible retirees into account with current vacancies, public safety institutions could be facing critical staffing shortages.  The pure concept of public safety allows all the other social and economical elements of society to thrive. At the MACo Winter Conference last week an esteemed panel of public safety experts came together to discuss the current state of the various departments and agencies that come together to keep our communities safe. All three pillars of…

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Podcast Archives: The State of Policing, With Everett Sesker

This week, the Conduit Street Podcast presents an episode from the archive with special guest, recently-elected Anne Arundel County Sheriff, Everett Sesker. Sesker joined the podcast in 2020 as a law enforcement consultant at the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT), where he trained police officers to understand and overcome implicit bias and assessed potential risks to law enforcement agencies across Maryland. In this episode, we discuss the state of policing, including overcoming implicit bias, community…

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Top Issues of 2023: Public Safety

The Department of Legislative Services released a 2023 issues preview and three major topics are at the forefront for public safety: police reform, handguns, and corrections trends.  Police reform has been a major legislative priority in Maryland over the last five years and gained a great deal of momentum in 2020 and 2021, culminating in the passage of the Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021. Since the initial passage of this sweeping police reform policy…

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The Wall Street Journal Highlights Allegany’s Medication-Assisted Treatment Program

2019 medication-assisted treatment legislation takes shape and notice in Allegany County Detention Center. In a piece earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal published an article discussing the efficacy of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in jails. Programs across the country were highlighted for varying degrees of success. Multiple inmates under supervision at the Allegany County Detention Center in Cumberland, MD discussed their circumstances and treatment. One individual was offered treatment as an alternative to a 10-year maximum…

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