Maryland Legislative Session 2016

Prisoners’ Rights Coalition—Bill Update (2.22.2016) 

HB1180 Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Report

Requiring the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services on or before October 1 each year to submit specified data to the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention relating to the use of restrictive housing in correctional facilities; and requiring the Department to make the information submitted available on the Department's Web site.  

See the bill site here

Sponsors: Delegates Jill Carter & Trent Kittleman

Hearing date:  February 26 at 1pm

Committee: House Judiciary Committee (Room 101, House Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401)

Contact re: questions and testimony suzanneohatnick@comcast.net 

HB946 Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Report (cross-file of HB1180)

Requiring the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services on or before October 1 each year to submit specified data to the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention relating to the use of restrictive housing in correctional facilities; and requiring the Department to make the information submitted available on the Department's Web site.  

See the bill site here 

Sponsors: Senators Michael Hough and Lisa Gladden

Hearing date:  March 2 at 1pm

Committee: Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (2 East Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401)

Contact re: questions and testimony suzanneohatnick@comcast.net 

HB1312 Justice Reinvestment Act (consensus bill)

Requiring the Division of Parole and Probation to conduct a specified risk and needs assessment on specified inmates and include the results in a specified case record; altering the manner in which specified diminution credits may be earned; authorizing the Division to develop and modify the conditions of probation or suspension of sentences for the purpose of imposing specified graduated sanctions; establishing the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board and the Local Government Justice Reinvestment Commission; etc.

See the bill site here 

Sponsor: Speaker Busch

Hearing date: March 4 at 1pm

Committee: House Judiciary Committee (Room 101, House Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401)

SB1005 Justice Reinvestment Act (consensus bill) (cross-file of HB1312)

Requiring the Division of Parole and Probation to conduct a specified risk and needs assessment on specified inmates and include the results in a specified case record; altering the manner in which specified diminution credits may be earned; authorizing the Division to develop and modify the conditions of probation or suspension of sentences for the purpose of imposing specified graduated sanctions; establishing the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board and the Local Government Justice Reinvestment Commission; etc.

See the bill site here 

Sponsor: President Miller

Hearing date: March 2, 1 pm, in the Senate Office Building. 

Committee: Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (2 East Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401)

HB882 Inmates - Life Imprisonment - Parole Reform

Repealing specified provisions that provide that inmates serving a term of life imprisonment may be paroled only with the Governor's approval, subject to specified provisions; repealing specified provisions that require specified parole decisions to be transmitted to the Governor under specified circumstances; repealing specified provisions that authorize the Governor to disapprove specified parole decisions in a specified manner; etc.

See the bill site here 

Sponsor: Delegate Carter

Hearing date: March 10 at 1pm

Committee: House Judiciary Committee (Room 101, House Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401)

Contact re: questions and testimony waltermandalalomax@hotmail.com 

SB531 Inmates - Life Imprisonment - Parole Reform (cross-file of HB882)

Repealing specified provisions that provide that inmates serving a term of life imprisonment may be paroled only with the Governor's approval, subject to specified provisions; repealing specified provisions that require specified parole decisions to be transmitted to the Governor under specified circumstances; repealing specified provisions that authorize the Governor to disapprove specified parole decisions in a specified manner; etc.

See the bill site here 

Sponsor: Senator McFadden

Hearing date: March 2 at 1pm

Committee: Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (2 East Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401)

Contact re: questions and testimony waltermandalalomax@hotmail.com 

HB906 Correctional Services - Special Requirements for Elderly, Chronically Ill, and Terminally Ill Inmates

Requiring each State and local correctional facility to accommodate the special needs of elderly, chronically ill, and terminally ill inmates and detainees in accordance with standards, guidelines, and recommendations issued or endorsed by the National Institute of Corrections; requiring the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to designate certain sites for the housing of inmates who are over the age of 64, chronically ill, or terminally ill; etc.

See the bill site here 

Sponsor: Delegate Sydnor

Hearing date: March 8 at 1pm

Committee: House Judiciary Committee (Room 101, House Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401)

Contact re: questions and testimony holness@aclu-md.org   

SB433 Correctional Services - Special Requirements for Elderly, Chronically Ill, and Terminally Ill Inmates (cross-file of HB906)

Requiring each State and local correctional facility to accommodate the special needs of elderly, chronically ill, and terminally ill inmates and detainees in accordance with standards, guidelines, and recommendations issued or endorsed by the National Institute of Corrections; requiring the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to designate certain sites for the housing of inmates who are over the age of 64, chronically ill, or terminally ill; etc.

See the bill site here 

Sponsor: Senator Nathan-Pulliam

Hearing date: February 24 at 1pm

Committee: Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (2 East Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401)

Contact re: questions and testimony holness@aclu-md.org

HB1046 Criminal Procedure - Pretrial Release
Requiring a judicial officer to order the pretrial release of a person charged with a crime on personal recognizance, on nonfinancial conditions, or on execution of an unsecured appearance bond in an amount specified by the court under specified circumstances; requiring a judicial officer to order the pretrial release of a specified person subject to a specified condition or combination of conditions, under specified circumstances; etc.
Sponsors: Delegates DumaisBarron, and Clippinger
Hearing Date: House of Delegates on March 1 at 1 pm.
Committee: Judiciary

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