Why “Justice Reinvestment” Might Be The Biggest Issue of the Session

Bill aimed at reducing prison population could save state $247 million to be reinvested into reducing recidivism, improving community support. The Justice Reinvestment Act (HB 1312/SB 1005) could mean big savings for the state — $247 million over 10 years to be exact. But that figure rests on the many pieces of the omnibus bill … Continue reading Why “Justice Reinvestment” Might Be The Biggest Issue of the Session

Justice Reinvestment Group Holds Final Meeting on Reform Recommendations

On Thursday the Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council (JRCC) held its final meeting full committee meeting to review the formal recommendations to be delivered in a report to the Governor by December 31, 2015. Over the past six months the JRCC, with technical support from the Pew Center and Council of State Governments, performed extensive data gathering and held … Continue reading Justice Reinvestment Group Holds Final Meeting on Reform Recommendations

Justice Reinvestment Group Shares Preliminary Recommendations and Potential Cost Savings

After months of extensive data gathering and weeks of subcommittee and stakeholder meetings the Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council’s policy recommendations are starting to take shape and their potential cost savings projected. On Wednesday the Council held the first of two meetings to review the subcommittees’ preliminary recommendations and compile a set of formal recommendations to … Continue reading Justice Reinvestment Group Shares Preliminary Recommendations and Potential Cost Savings

Dollars and Sense: Justice Reinvestment for Your County Jails

In June, the Maryland Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council (SB 602) was formed and tasked with utilizing a data-driven approach to develop a statewide framework of sentencing and corrections policies to further reduce the State’s incarcerated population; reduce spending on corrections; and reinvest in strategies to increase public safety and reduce recidivism.   The work of this … Continue reading Dollars and Sense: Justice Reinvestment for Your County Jails

Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council Reviews Prison Admission and Sentencing Data

The Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council (JRCC) heard about incarceration and prison population data at its second meeting on July 29, 2015.  As previously reported on Conduit Street, the JRCC is reviewing the State’s sentencing structure and will be making recommendations to reduce Maryland’s prison population, improve criminal justice outcomes, and reduce needless correctional spending. Analysts from the Public Safety … Continue reading Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council Reviews Prison Admission and Sentencing Data

Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council Begins Work On Major Corrections Reforms

The Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council (JRCC) held its first meeting on June 22, 2015, and set out an aggressive schedule to review the State’s sentencing structure and make recommendations to reduce Maryland’s prison population, improve criminal justice outcomes, and reduce needless correctional spending.  The JRCC was created by emergency legislation SB 602 (Chapter 42) of 2015.  SB 602 … Continue reading Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council Begins Work On Major Corrections Reforms

Counties Back Justice Reinvestment Bill

MACo Policy Analyst Natasha Mehu presented testimony on February 26 to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee supporting SB 602, Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council. This bill establishes a Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council run through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. This council would help to increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the detention system so that resources … Continue reading Counties Back Justice Reinvestment Bill

Updated Guidance on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued updated guidance on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the guidance can be found here. This guidance covers a number of specific issues that have been raised by agencies, recipients, and others over the past few months.  The guidance is split into the following topics: … Continue reading Updated Guidance on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Highway User Revenue Restoration, With a “Trigger,” Gets MACo Support

MACo Execuitive Director Michael Sanderson testified in support of Senate Bill 161, “Transportation – Highway User Revenues – Allocation,”  before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on February 1, 2017. This bill phases in restoration of highway user revenues to counties over seven years, provided that Transportation Trust Fund revenues exceed the most recent estimate of … Continue reading Highway User Revenue Restoration, With a “Trigger,” Gets MACo Support

Steiner Queries Leadership on Budgets, Other Looming Battles

Wednesday morning at the Annapolis Summit, a legislative conference hosted by The Mark Steiner Show and The Daily Record, Governor Larry Hogan, House Speaker Michael E. Busch, of Anne Arundel County, and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, of Calvert County, discussed a host of topics relating to the upcoming legislative session. Education When asked about … Continue reading Steiner Queries Leadership on Budgets, Other Looming Battles