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Call to action: Support HB 566/SB 932 to eliminate fees for GPS monitors for pretrial defendants

March 13, 2019

As a member of the Coalition for a Safe and Just Maryland, the Public Justice Center advocates to eliminate Maryland’s reliance on the predatory cash bail system and support adequate pretrial services.

This session, we are supporting HB 566/SB 932 to eliminate the fees associated with GPS monitors issued as a pretrial condition. We know that criminalizing Maryland’s poor as a result of unpaid court fees results in unnecessary incarceration and a criminal record that threatens employment, housing, and other necessary services. Although electronic monitoring as a pretrial release option is intended to provide community supervision, it is only available to those who can afford to pay for it. This forces those who are too poor to pay to remain in jail.
 
We need your help.
 
The House Judiciary Committee and Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee need to hear from YOU. Your voice matters and will inform and influence the decision of our policymakers.

Please contact ALL members of the House Judiciary Committee and Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee to urge them to support HB 566/SB 932 as a means of eliminating barriers for workers struggling to gain access to pretrial services.
 
Example Email/Phone Script:

Dear Delegate or Senator _____,

My name is ______ and I am calling/emailing to urge you to support HB 566/SB 932. The assessment of fees onto those who are incarcerated, especially pretrial, creates an unbreakable cycle. HB 566/SB 932 seeks to eliminate these fees for pretrial defendants and ensures that those who are too poor to pay are able to receive community supervision. I strongly urge you to support HB 566/SB 932.

 
Click on these links to find contact information for the members of the House Judiciary Committee and Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. You can also find your own legislators at mdelect.net.
 
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