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Thanks to all who took the time to call/email/write your representatives! The Maryland General Assembly resumes January 12, 2022. Attend the next Maryland CURE meeting Feb 5 to learn what we can do to support changes in 2022!
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Veto Override - Special Session beginning Dec 6, 2021
Removing the Governor from the parole process for inmates with life sentences. The Governor has vetoed this bill. There is a special session beginning Dec 6, 2021 which could vote to override his veto. See Action Alert above for what you can do.
Juvenile Justice Reform
The Juvenile Justice Reform Council, with the assistance of the Vera Institute of Justice, has researched best practices regarding the treatment of juveniles who are subject to the criminal and juvenile justice systems and we support these recommendations.
Legislation for the purpose of requiring all court records and police records relating to certain charges of possession of marijuana to be automatically expunged on or before certain dates under certain circumstances and regardless of other ineligible charges.
Under the legal doctrine of felony murder, if someone dies as a result of a felony, anyone who participated in that felony is ruled as guilty as a killer—even if they themselves didn’t kill, didn’t foresee the killing, and never meant to kill anyone. In Maryland, felony murder is treated the same as a premeditated first-degree murder in sentencing.
“Today is the day that we begin the healing process between law enforcement and the communities they serve, including communities of color,” Committee Vice Chairman Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher (D-Montgomery) said in his opening remarks.
Find out who your legislative representatives are and get involved. Letters and phone calls make a difference!
Learn more about work to eliminate excessive prison sentences and developing a public-health informed and community-driven violence prevention strategy is necessary to reduce mass incarceration.
Maryland CURE is a state chapter of National CURE, an organization dedicated to reducing crime through reform of the criminal justice system since 1972. We follow the constitution and direction of National CURE working to reduce crime through criminal justice reform.
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Current News and Events
Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform - seeking legislative changes that are evidence-based, humane and effective.
Anne Arundel County Associate Circuit Court Judge Philip T. Caroom says 5,000 Maryland inmates don't belong in prison!
Anne Arundel Interfaith Coalition Against Mass Incarceration requests Maryland delegates to form taskforce to address inequities in criminal justice system.
Other News and Events
Help inmate author Larry Bratt get his kids book to incarcerated parents so they can read Kaia's story and know they are not alone!
Visit kaiaandthebirthdaykits.com to learn more!
FACES Imprisoned Women and their struggle with the justice system. A 'must read'!
…was in San Antonio, Texas in 1972 when a dozen citizens (families of prisoners and concerned individuals) went to the legislature in Austin to work for the abolition of the death penalty. In 1975 Charlie and Pauline Sullivan formally established CURE as a non-profit organization. In 1985 CURE expanded to a national organization with a headquarters office in Washington D.C.