Maryland Legislative Briefing on HB 131


IAHR launches its efforts on January 12, 2021 to pass HB 131 with a briefing on the legislation. Joining us for the briefing are Rabbi Charles Feinberg, IAHR Executive Director, Jazz Lewis (D., Prince George County and sponsor of the legislation, Richard Van Wickler, who was the Superintendent of the Cheshire County Department of Corrections in Keene, New Hampshire for 27 years, Kimberly Haven, IAHR Legislative Liaison.

Watch Richard Van Wickler's segment of the briefing now!

What We Need You to Do

Please send the letter below addressed to Delegates Luke H. ClippingerChair  and Vanessa E. AtterbearyVice-Chair  of the Judiciary Committee.

Please copy the letter to Christine Kalambary, IAHR’s administrative assistant and to Kimberly  Haven our Legislative Liaison.  We need copies of these letters so that we can present them at a hearing for our bill.


Dear Delegates Clippinger and Atterbeary:

Please support HB 131 that mandates the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to provide transitional services to incarcerated people in six months prior to their release.  The bill requires the DPSCS to introduce a “step down” program to those incarcerated in restrictive housing as well as involving a coordinated multidisciplinary treatment team approach.

Over the last five years, the Department releases anywhere from 250 to 300 people directly to the community from restrictive housing without any form of step-down transition.  This practice poses a threat to public safety and undermines the chances of incarcerated people to reenter the community successfully.


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