Corrections

Bill to “ban the box” would end federal employer requests for criminal histories

WASHINGTON — Former felons could have more success securing employment under bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday that would bar federal employers from asking requests for applicants’ criminal histories before conditional job offers. Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Baltimore, and Doug Collins, R-Georgia, joined…

Legislation would update Justice Reinvestment Act

After a comprehensive law overhauled the state’s criminal justice system, Maryland has seen a decline in the state’s prison and jail populations and more streamlined treatment for addicts who are charged with crimes, but advocates want to add to the law to keep inmates from returning behind bars.

High-tech system blocks inmates’ cell phones in Md. prisons

Since the rise of mobile communications, inmates have found at least one way to take back a bit of the privacy they were forced to give up – by smuggling in cell phones.

Maryland’s growing older inmate population presents challenges to correctional system

BALTIMORE, Md. – Maryland, like nearly every other state, is seeing an upward tick in its aging population behind bars. A report by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services finds that prisoners aged 51 and older is the only age…

Maryland workgroup seeks to help offenders re-enter society

By Eleanor Mueller Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — Those convicted of a crime in Maryland may soon find it easier to integrate into society, should the state adopt recommendations reviewed by a workgroup in the state capital on Tuesday.…

80 charged in Md.’s largest prison corruption case

he U.S. Attorney’s office announced that 80 individuals – including prisoners and correctional officers – will be charged in the Maryland’s largest crackdown on racketeering.

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.

Rural detention center tests new drug to combat addiction

A western Maryland detention center is the first in the country to use a new drug…to combat drug addiction.

‘Yes means yes’ sexual assault bill dies; campus officials and activists debate next step

The bill required all Maryland colleges and universities to adopt an affirmative consent standard.

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.