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Bail reform in Maryland: Ensuring that poverty isn’t a jail sentence

03/23/2017

Justice for Breakfast discussion series

March 23, 2017 - 8:15 am

Whether a person stays in jail before trial or is released should not depend on how poor or wealthy they are. Yet too often, people sit in jail for weeks or months because they can’t afford bail. In the meantime, they might lose their job, and their family loses a breadwinner. In hopes of getting out, they might take a plea deal, even if they’re not guilty. A new rule from the Court of Appeals of Maryland seeks to address this injustice, directing judges to consider a defendant’s financial situation and to “preference” non-monetary means of ensuring that they attend trial. The Court’s rule is an important step forward, but more still needs to be done. Legislative proposals for additional pretrial justice reform are before the General Assembly again this year. Momentum is growing. Join us for an up-to-the-minute conversation about what’s happening and how you can participate.

Hosted by Brown, Goldstein & Levy LLP
120 East Baltimore Street, Suite 1700
Baltimore, MD 21202

Reservations requested: brocke@publicjustice.org or (410) 400-6951