Bills of Interest
Reducing the Flow Into Prisons:
* Pretrial Services Grant Fund HB447 would designate certain funds for pretrial services such as risk assessment analysis for pretrial release, community supervision programs, and diversion into drug/alcohol or mental health treatment.
* Mental Health HB111/SB233 the state could no longer use “lack of beds” as an excuse not to supply mental health treatment to those in need.
* Inmate Release HB110 requires the court (instead of suspect) to pay for monitoring equipment during pretrial supervised release, or while serving a sentence with community supervision.
* Body Attachment Prohibition HB 545 eliminates law allowing landlords to arrest tenants for inability to pay rent
* Citations in Lieu of Arrest HB323/SB248: This bill would give police the option to give a citation (ticket) instead of requiring arrest for an expanded list of minor crimes.
* Decriminalization HB325/SB446 turns minor drug possession charges from misdemeanor (crimes) into civil offenses (ticketed offenses)
* Inmate Release Funding HB110 requiring court (instead of suspect) to pay for monitoring equipment during pretrial supervision or while serving a sentence that allows some time out in community.
* PreKindergarten Funding HB10 utilizes unpaid lottery prize money to fund PreK programs in proportion to lottery sales in each county.
Reducing the Cycle Back Into Prison:
* Expungement for Minor Crimes HB382 allows for minor criminal record to be expunged such as: poverty-related crimes (e.g. sleeping on benches), minor marijuana possession, crimes that are no longer crimes, charges were dismissed, a trial was indefinitely postponed on condition of participating in a drug or alcohol treatment program.
* Education Credits for Prisoners HB295 reduces sentences based on earned education credits such as GEDs.
* Inmate Hygiene Pads HB797/SB598 prisons must supply women prisoners with feminine hygiene products
* Inmate Pregnancy Policy HB787 requires inmate pregnancy policies be in place and be supplied to pregnant prisoners.
* Juvenile Confidentiality HB555/SB257 ensures the confidentiality of juvenile records even if they are charged as adults.
Links to Allied Groups
Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform, http://www.ma4jr.org/ has extensive links to criminal justice reform history in MD, and explanations of issues including:
Legislative Black Caucus Legislative Priorities:
Color of Change: https://www.colorofchange.org/
NAACP National Level Legislative Priorities: http://www.naacp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/115th-Legislative-Priorities.pdf