May 1

Convicted Felons Need Fewer Barriers to Obtaining State-Issued ID, Says Attorney General

Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, advocating that states should make it easier for convicted felons to obtain state-issued IDs upon release from prison. Her remarks were part of a broader push by the Justice Department to reexamine criminal justice policies that have been perceived by.

May 1

Bipartisan Support in U.S. Senate for Criminal Justice Overhaul Bill

Last week, a bipartisan group of senators introduced reworked legislation that would grant judges greater discretion in sentencing and allow some nonviolent drug offenders to receive reduced prison sentences. This legislation previously stalled when conservatives in the Senate suggested it might inadvertently let more violent offenders out of prison, but the bill’s sponsors hope the.

March 31

Synthetic Drug Testing in D.C.

D.C. recently became one of the first cities in the nation to begin testing arrested subjects for synthetic drugs along with illegal substances. It’s an effort to both track the seemingly epidemic rise in usage and act as a deterrent to potential users. The rise of synthetic drug use seems to be tied to marijuana.

March 28

D.C. Considers a Controversial New Way to Fight Violent Crime

Washington, D.C. has become one of several cities around the country to consider implementing an experimental new strategy to reduce violent crime: paying individuals with a high risk of offending not to commit crime. It’s a controversial strategy, but one that has already been deployed in Richmond, California, where results have been interesting enough to.

March 25

Criminal Justice Reform Bill Moves Forward in Maryland

A landmark criminal justice bill targeting Maryland’s overcrowded prisons has now cleared the Maryland Senate. The bill is an attempt to correct the consequences of a decades long “War on Drugs” that has bloated prisons with nonviolent offenders. The bill passed after intense debate in the Senate, and now heads to the House of Delegates,.

March 9

Increased Liability for Repeat Drunk Driving Offenders Called for in New Bill Passed by Maryland Senate

A bill that passed the Maryland Senate this February would open the door for the families of drunk-driving victims to sue repeat offenders for punitive damages. This would potentially put repeat drunk drivers who have caused a fatality on the hook for substantial sums in addition to the compensatory damages for funeral cost and vehicular.

March 4

Released Felons Gain Right to Vote in Maryland

Released Felons Gain Right to Vote in Maryland Just in time for this year’s election, the Maryland legislature overturned Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill to extend voting rights to felons before they complete probation and parole. This means that more than 40,000 recently released Maryland felons could regain their right to vote. The.