A Maryland panel heard from DC officials Monday about how making changes to the bail hearing process could help ease a burden on court commissioners.
The Baltimore Police Department has arrested and charged a man wanted for a non-fatal shooting in East Baltimore.
An audit of thousands of pieces of police evidence is underway and a cadet accused of stealing drugs and cash is now free after posting bail.
As Maryland faces a court-ordered deadline to begin providing defendants in criminal cases with a lawyer at every bail hearing, Gov. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday ordered that a panel study pretrial reform.
Maryland’s district courts are hoping to find attorneys willing to represent poor defendants at bail review hearings.
The governor has said he may invite counties to rework their bail systems and try out a data-based risk assessment tool.
Gov. Martin O’Malley says he plans to work on overhauling Maryland’s bail hearing system, after a bill that would have done so stalled in the Legislature.
The committee fine-tuning Maryland’s budget has allocated $10 million to have attorneys staff initial bail hearings during the next fiscal year.
The Maryland Senate has approved a bill that would make courts rely on a data formula in determining whether or not to jail people after arrest.
The Maryland Senate is now just a vote away from approving a plan to rework the bail system and depend more on data, in what the bill’s sponsor calls a “moneyball” approach.
Sen. Bobby Zirkin wants to amend Maryland’s constitution so the state will no longer have to provide a defense attorney at every indigent defendant’s bail hearing.
Lawmakers are looking for a stop-gap measure to fix problems with Maryland’s bail system, starting this spring. Sen. Joseph Getty, R-Carroll, said they’re hung up on disagreements about how dramatic these short-term changes should be.