Board of Public Works approves compensation for man wrongfully convicted

After serving 19 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of attempted murder, a man will be awarded more than $1.6 million in compensation from the state of Maryland.

Maryland bill would provide voting info to the incarcerated

Those incarcerated awaiting trial or convicted of misdemeanors would be able to register to vote and learn about their voting rights under legislation in the Maryland General Assembly this year.

Supreme Court hears arguments on convicted sniper’s life sentences

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday over whether “D.C. sniper” Lee Boyd Malvo’s juvenile life sentences without parole in Virginia violated the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment and thus should not stand. Malvo and his…

A roundup of Maryland laws taking effect Oct. 1

Hundreds of Maryland laws are going into effect Tuesday, spanning subjects from criminal justice reform to election law to medical cannabis. Here is a roundup of some of those, broken down by subject.

Legislative Black Caucus addresses its priorities for the 2018 Maryland General Assembly

The Legislative Black Caucus discussed the issues they wish to tackle during this year’s legislative session. Their continued fight for a place in Maryland’s medical marijuana industry is among their main focuses for the year.

Proposed legislation aims to stop online sex trafficking

WASHINGTON – Last year, Maryland had the 13th-most sex trafficking cases in the country with 161, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. This year, the hotline reported 61 sex trafficking cases in this the state as of June 30.…

Freddie Gray’s Death, Ensuing Unrest, Spark Legislative Agenda

Gray’s death and the civil unrest that followed brought a spotlight to issues that Baltimore has faced for years.

Maryland Senate Passes Criminal Justice Reform Bill After Debate Over Amendments

While the bill passed unanimously by a vote of 46-0 Thursday, senators from both sides of the aisle voiced concerns about the legislation.

Community Trust of Police Requires Reforms, Experts Say

Nationwide reform of law enforcement practices is critical to restoring community trust in the police, officials said at a congressional forum Wednesday afternoon.

DNA Evidence Brings Hope, Truth – But Only If Tested; Some Maryland Jurisdictions Slow to Report Findings

DNA evidence can free a man from death row, but some local law enforcement agencies aren’t following state rules on DNA evidence reporting.