Maryland General Assembly Public Safety and Policing Work Group

The Public Safety and Policing Work Group was created in May 2015 by the Senate President and House Speaker. Specifically, the Work Group focused on police training resources, and recruiting and hiring practices; and the need for a statewide oversight panel for certain kinds of investigations. Further, it was to consider the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights - how it is applied in different jurisdictions; and the community engagement policies of police agencies.

Chaired by Senator Catherine Pugh and Delegate Curtis Anderson, the Work Group issued its report to the 2016 Session of the Maryland General Assembly in January, 2016.   Legislation is expected to be introduced to enact some or all of the Group's recommendations. This Washington Post article gives a good summary of the Group's report.


Maryland Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council

Chaired by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention’s Executive Director, Christopher B. Shank, the JRCC’s 21 members met to craft a framework of sentencing and corrections policies with the goal of safely reducing the number of inmates in Maryland prisons, controlling state spending on prisons, and reinvesting those savings into more effective strategies to increase public safety and at the same time help nonviolent offenders from returning to prison.

The Council's Report can be found here.