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Testimony of Justice Policy Institute Before the Maryland Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights

The Justice Policy Institute recently testified before the Maryland State Advisory Committee on civil right violations generated from racial disparities in the Maryland justice system.  As the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is considering civil right violations in the Maryland justice system, the State Advisory Committee invited JPI to testify before the committee.  The SAC will use the material in their report to the U.S. Commission on Civil Right.

When Treatment is Punishment: The Effects of Maryland's Incompetency to Stand Trial Policies and Practices

In FY2010, the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration provided 789 pretrial screenings and evaluations for incompetency to stand trial, 77 percent of which were for the District Courts...

Documentary: Blocking the Exit

A documentary to better understand the profound impact that requiring Governor approval of parole for lifers has had in Maryland.

When More is Less: How a Larger Women’s Jail in Baltimore will Reduce Public Safety and Diminish Resources for Positive Social Investments

Despite declines in the number of women held in the Baltimore City Detention Center, Maryland is planning to build a large, new women’s facility.

Bearing Witness: Baltimore City’s Residents Give Voice

Bearing Witness is the culmination of interviews with people from Baltimore City about their experiences with the criminal justice system. Compared to the rest of Maryland, Baltimore City faces a concentrated impact of the criminal justice system.

The Release Valve: Parole in Maryland

In the current difficult economic situation, states are searching for ways to reduce spending while maintaining safe communities. With a $68 billion prison system holding over 2.3 million people in prisons and jails across the country—with no clear public safety gains—policymakers are looking to prison systems as a place to cut budgets.

Judging Maryland: Baltimore Judges on Effective Solutions to Working with Substance Abusers in the Criminal Justice System

In 2004, Maryland lawmakers enacted a set of reforms designed to expand options available to judges, prosecutors, and the state’s parole commission for placing addicted defendants in community-based treatment rather than prison.

Maryland's Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentencing Laws: Their Impact on Incarceration, State Resources and Communities of Color

Mandatory minimum drug sentences fall hardest on communities of color, with nearly nine out of ten people sent to prison for a mandatory minimum drug sentence in Maryland being African American.

Factsheet: Maryland Crime Ads in Context

This factsheet includes background data and findings to put the recent television and web-based campaign advertisements by the candidates for governor of Maryland into context.

Progress and Challenges: An Analysis of Drug Treatment and Imprisonment in Maryland from 2000 to 2005

In 2004, Maryland lawmakers enacted a set of reforms designed to expand the options available to judges, prosecutors, and the state’s parole commission for placing addicted defendants in community-based treatment rather than prison.

Tipping Point: Maryland's Overuse of Incarceration and the Impact on Public Safety

This policy brief highlights the large number of people being removed from Maryland communities and its impact on public safety.

Race and Incarceration in Maryland

This policy brief will paint a general picture of the scale of overrepresentation of minorities in the state’s prison system, focusing particularly on the overrepresentation of African Americans among the state’s drug prisoner population.

Is Maryland's System of Higher Education Suffering Because of Prison Expenditures?

In a state which ranks fifth in the country in per capita wealth, Maryland's expenditures on higher education are not even in the top half of American states. In fact, in 1997, Maryland ranked 33rd in unversity funding, barely above the bottom third of all states.

Cutting Correctly in Maryland

State officials across the nation are struggling to come to terms with the largest state budget shortfall in 50 years.

A Tale of Two Jurisdictions: Youth Crime and Detention Rates in Maryland the District of Columbia

Several hundred thousand youth churn through our nation’s detention facilities each year – youth who have been arrested, but not convicted, of any charges.

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