Legislators to urge Governor Hogan to fund pretrial services
ANNAPOLIS, MD – On Thursday, January 17th legislators will join Maryland’s leading bail reform advocates, the Coalition for a Safe and Just Maryland, for a press conference to discuss the success of bail reform in Maryland and Del. Erek Barron’s request for Governor Hogan to include $10 million for pretrial services in the state budget so that the number of people unnecessarily held in jail before trial continues to decline.
Thursday, January 17th, 9:30am
Room 142, Lowe House Office Building (LHOB 142); Annapolis, MD
Del. Erek Barron (D, Prince George’s County),
Del. Kathleen Dumais (D, Montgomery County),
Sen. Jill P. Carter (D, Baltimore City),
Del. Maggie McIntosh (D, Baltimore City),
Members of the Coalition for a Safe and Just Maryland
The Coalition for a Safe and Just Maryland is committed to an alternative statewide system of pretrial justice that embodies the following principles:
Reduces unnecessary arrests and detentions that disrupt and destabilize families and communities,
Replaces discriminatory commercial bond with decision-making tools that are transparent, evidence-based, community-led, standardized, and free from racial, ethnic, and gender biases,
Limits pretrial detention to the small number of people who either pose a threat to public safety or are a serious flight risk,
Expands Maryland’s reliance on community-based supports that aid people in making their court appearances and remaining law-abiding while their case is pending, and
Ensures community oversight of pretrial release decisions through ongoing data collection, evaluation, and transparency that is led by individuals and organizations that are the most representative of and accountable to those most directly impacted by discriminatory pretrial practices.