Legislator Seeks Alternative Prison Release Protocols

Delegate Paul Corderman is searching for a solution to address the number of individuals released from state prison that end up in the local community surrounding the prison. He plans to reintroduce a bill to remedy the issue but is also exploring other avenues such as partnering with local detention centers. The Herald-Mail reports: Corderman, R-Washington, said he will again introduce a bill next year requiring the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to…

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Harford’s State’s Attorney, Family and Children Services Partner to Provide Support to Crime Victims

Harford County's State's Attorneys Office and Office of Family and Children's Services are partnering to provide services such as therapy, counseling, case management, and safety planning to all crime victims in the county. Before the partnership, these trauma-related services were only available to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Other victims would have to navigate finding help on their own. Now all victims may have a supportive hand through the process. From The Baltimore…

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Inmate Healthcare: Sorting Fact from Fiction

Learn more about the complex web of inmate healthcare and advocacy efforts to improve the delivery of services and make more efficient use of limited resources on a federal and local level at the MACo Winter Conference session, "Inmate Healthcare: Sorting Fact from Fiction." Title: Inmate Healthcare: Sorting Fact from Fiction Description: Federal law requires counties to provide adequate health care to inmates….a task easier said than done. Many inmates enter the system with chronic…

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Mayor Young on WYPR’s “Midday” Talks Politics, Policing, Water, and Education

Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young joined WYPR radio show "Midday" and discussed a wide range of topics - including the City's daunting challenge to aggressively fund education. Mayor Jack Young stepped into his current role as Mayor last year, and has quickly faced up to a series of challenges with City government, service, and politics. On the public radio show "Midday" he talked with host Tom Hall about all of this and more. Listen to…

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Olszewski Issues Executive Order to Study Traffic Stop Racial Disparities

In response to concerning data regarding the frequency of traffic stops of black and minority motorists in the county, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. has issued an executive order forming a workgroup to study the disparities and release a report on their findings by August 2020. The Baltimore Sun reports: The workgroup will be reviewing the county’s police data, rules regarding police stops and the training and supervision officers receive. The team will also…

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Washington County Breaks Ground on New Public Safety Training Center

Washington County this week broke ground on a new, state-of-the-art public safety training center. County First Responders -- including police, fire, and emergency services personnel -- will train for increasingly complex emergency scenarios the $11.5 million facility. "One large step in safety, for both our volunteers and the citizens they serve, is the availability of local training, County Administrator Rob Slocum said. "This day would not have happened without our volunteers and elected officials collectively…

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Hackerman Foundation Awards Baltimore County Grant to Improve Sexual Assault Investigations

To help boost efforts to solve sexual assault cold cases and improve sexual assault investigations moving forward, the Hackerman Foundation has awarded $300,000 in grant funding to Baltimore County and the Baltimore County Police Department. From Baltimore County News: This new funding will support key recommendations from the Baltimore County Sexual Assault Investigations Task Force’s recently released final report to make improvements in several areas of sexual assault investigations. ... The grant funding will support…

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Federal Bills Aim to Improve Pre-Trial Inmate Healthcare Access

A pair of bills have been introduced by U.S. Senators to help remove some barriers to Medicaid and Medicare coverage for pre-trial jail inmates. As reported in a NACo blog post: The first piece of legislation, titled the Equity in Pre-Trial Medicaid Coverage Act (S. 2628) and sponsored by Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), would amend the Social Security Act to remove limitations on Medicaid coverage for pre-trial inmates of…

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Uber Testing Text-to-9-1-1 on Ridesharing App

Ridesharing giant Uber this week announced that it is testing a new text-to-9-1-1 feature, allowing riders and drivers to quickly and discreetly contact First Responders in the event of an emergency. According to Uber: Last year, we added an emergency button in the Uber app to connect riders and drivers directly to 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. Now, we’re adding an option to send a text message to 9-1-1 in cities and counties that support this technology.…

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Task Force to Examine Effects of Electronic Smoking Devices

Comptroller Peter Franchot is launching a task force - title "e-facts" to study the public health and public safety impacts of electronic smoking devices (ESD). These devices, which are commonly known as vapes or e-cigs, have been recently tied to deadly lung diseases and illnesses for which much information remains unknown. From the news release: The Comptroller will ask the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates and the President of the Maryland Senate to…

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