Criminal Justice and the 2022 Session

As part of a larger effort to address issues of racial justice, we are supporting measures for Criminal Justice Reform and Police Accountability. As bills are introduced, we will provide bill numbers and links to the actual bill text.

Objectives for 2022:

Criminal Justice had a breakthrough vote during the Special General Assembly Session in December 2021, when the Governor's veto of SB 202 - The Lifers with Parole bill was overridden.  This bill had been proposed for years with various revisions, but finally the governor will not be able to override a Parole Commission decision to grant parole to those who are deemed qualified.  Now, only two other states continue to use this process!

Again we will be addressing a restrictive housing (solitary confinement) bill which did not get out of committee in 2021 but has strong backing. Currently a person who is placed in solitary confinement may be released directly to the community without any transitional period to prepare. In past years 200-300 people per year were released directly into the community from restrictive housing, a situation that is unsafe for the returning citizen and for the community.  The proposed "direct release" bill prohibits release without specific prior preparation and evaluation.

The Head of the House Judiciary Committee (Delegate Clippinger) has also shared his intention to focus on juvenile reforms this year. One measure requires parents to be present when a juvenile is being interrogated. Other bills that will be considered are aimed at reducing the near-automatic referral of juveniles to adult criminal courts for trial.

HB 269/SB 53 Juvenile Law - Juvenile Interrogation Protection Act -

Requires parents to be present when a juvenile is being interrogated. There are cases where juveniles “confess” under stress and do not receive a fair trail. Other bills that will be considered are aimed at reducing the near-automatic referral of juveniles to adult criminal courts for trial.

We hope to be working on a bill related to "Felony Murder."  Currently, if a person is actively engaged with others in a crime (robbery, theft, etc.) and one of them kills another person, everyone who is a part of the group can receive a first degree murder sentence.  We believe that each person should be sentenced for only their own actions, not those of an accomplice.

   

   

Again racial justice impact statements will be made on certain criminal justice bills which we hope will help to reduce Maryland’s huge racial disparity in our prisons’ black population, the highest in the country!

For more information, please contact Criminal Justice Reform Advocacy Team Lead Candy Clark at CriminalJustice@uulmmd.org​.

Subject
Bill Number
XFile Bill Number
Sponsor
Title
Status
Current Location
Priority
Position
Action
UULM-MD Summary
Juvenile Interrogations
HB0269
SB0053
Delegate Bartlett
Juvenile Law - Child Interrogation Protection Act
Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m.
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact Delegate on Committee
Juvenile Interrogations
SB0053
HB0269
Senator Carter
Juvenile Law - Juvenile Interrogation Protection Act
Hearing 1/27 at 2:00 p.m.
Judicial Proceedings
X
Support
Contact Senator on Committee
Step-down programs
HB0067
Delegate Lewis, J.
Correctional Services - Step-Down Programs - Cause of Action
Hearing 2/01 at 1:00 p.m.
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact Delegate on Committee
Tough on Crime
SB0339
Senator Hough
Crimes – Penalties and Procedures (Violent Firearms Offender Act of 2022)
Hearing 2/10 at 1:00 p.m.
Judicial Proceedings
Oppose
Behavioral Health Response Services
HB0129
SB0012
Delegate Charkoudian
Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services and Public Safety Answering Points – Modifications
Hearing 1/26 at 2:30 p.m. (Health and Government Operations)
Health and Government Operations
Behavioral Health Response Services
HB0293
SB0241
Delegate Young, K.
Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services - 9-8-8 Trust Fund
Hearing 2/02 at 1:30 p.m. (Health and Government Operations)
Health and Government Operations
Behavioral Health Response Services
SB0012
HB0129
Senator Augustine
Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services and Public Safety Answering Points – Modifications
Hearing 1/25 at 1:00 p.m.
Finance
Behavioral Health Response Services
SB0241
HB0293
Senator Augustine
Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services - 9-8-8 Trust Fund
Hearing 2/08 at 1:00 p.m.
Finance
Body Worn Cameras
HB0162
Delegate Lewis, J.
Public Safety - Law Enforcement - Body-Worn Cameras
First Reading Judiciary
Judiciary
Body Worn Cameras
SB0031
Senator Sydnor
Public Information Act – Inspection of Records From Body–Worn Digital Recording Devices
Hearing held, awaiting committee vote
Judicial Proceedings
City Police Accountability Board
SB0309
Senator Carter
Baltimore City - Civilian Review Board - Police Accountability Board
First Reading Judicial Proceedings
Judicial Proceedings
Community Violence Prevention
SB0350
Senator Sydnor
Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Community Violence Prevention Services
First Reading Finance
Finance
Hate crimes
HB0290
SB0071
Delegate Crutchfield
Hate Crimes – Civil Remedy
Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m.
Judiciary
Hate crimes
SB0071
HB0290
Senator Kramer
Hate Crimes - Civil Remedy
Hearing held, awaiting committee vote
Judicial Proceedings
Inmate Cost of Living
HB0278
Delegate Davis
Correctional Services - Inmate Cost-of-Living Report - Maryland Correctional Enterprises Diversity Report
Hearing 2/01 at 1:00 p.m.
Judiciary
Juvenile Court Jurisdiction
HB0294
SB0165
Delegate Crutchfield
Juvenile Court - Jurisdiction
First Reading Judiciary
Judiciary
Juvenile Court Jurisdiction
SB0165
HB0294
Senator Carter
Juvenile Court – Jurisdiction
Hearing 1/27 at 2:00 p.m.
Judicial Proceedings
Juvenile Law - Informal Adjustment
HB0360
Delegate Valentino-Smith
Juvenile Law - Informal Adjustment
First Reading Judiciary
Judiciary
Juvenile Reportable Offenses
HB0214
Delegate Parrott
Juveniles - Reportable Offenses
Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m.
Judiciary
Public Safety Answering Point
SB0057
Senator Kagan
Criminal Law - Public Safety - Communications With Public Safety Answering Points
Hearing held, awaiting committee vote
Judicial Proceedings
Public Safety Answering Point
SB0083
Senator Kagan
Criminal Law - Public Safety - Interference with a Public Safety Answering Point - Penalties
Hearing held, awaiting committee vote
Judicial Proceedings
Rehab & Ed in Prisons
HB0025
Delegate Amprey
Rehabilitation and Education for All Prisons (REAP) Act
Hearing 2/01 at 1:00 p.m.
Judiciary
Violence Prevention
HB0345
SB0106
Delegate Barnes, D.
Baltimore City and Prince George's County - Grant Funding - Violence Prevention and Community Service
First Reading Appropriations
Appropriations
Violence Prevention
SB0106
HB0345
Senator Washington
Baltimore City and Prince George's County - Grant Funding - Violence Prevention and Community Service
Hearing 2/08 at 1:00 p.m.
Judicial Proceedings