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.
The Senate president says Baltimore City should find its own solution to the requirement of staffing bail hearings with defense lawyers. He says the problem doesn’t concern the rest of Maryland.
Maryland’s highest court will not reconsider its decision that defendants have a constitutional right to legal counsel at their earliest bail hearings.
Attorneys for indigent defendants are opposing Attorney General Douglas Gansler’s call for Maryland’s top court to overturn a landmark decision that says arrestees have a constitutional right to counsel at initial bail hearings.
Attorney General Douglas Gansler is urging Maryland’s top court to overturn its decision that arrestees have a right to counsel at initial bail hearings.
A proposal to create a statewide pretrial services unit, which would help decide whether or not arrestees should be held in jail before their trials, is gaining ground in Maryland’s legislature.