bail review

The Added Costs Of Bail Reform

Aug 20, 2014

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about the new costs associated with providing lawyers to defendants at initial bail hearings and why the General Assembly may have put counties in a difficult financial position.

New Bail System Increases Fairness & Due Process

Jul 10, 2014
Tom Chalkley

The cause of greater justice in the courts advanced last week with little if any disruption.

Where Bail Review Stands, Post-General Assembly

Apr 14, 2014

Negotiations over how to deal with a Court of Appeals decision mandating representation at all bail hearings went deep into this legislative session. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears of the Daily Record talk about the patchwork solution reached by state lawmakers.

Christopher Connelly/WYPR

One of the thorniest issues members of the General Assembly have had to deal with this session is fielding a response to a controversial decision handed down by the Maryland Court of Appeals. With just hours left before the session, lawmakers have responded with a handful of smaller measures they think will satisfy the court. But the ruling has also spurred a debate about what can be done to reform Maryland’s bail system.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Steve Lash of the Daily Record talk about what legislative leaders and the Court of Appeals' new chief judge might do to deal with a 2013 decision that requires counsel be present at initial bail hearings.

General Assembly Preview: Bail Reform

Dec 25, 2013

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears of the Daily Record talk about recommendations to revamp the bail review system after a Court of Appeals decision that ruled that defendants have a right to an attorney at bail hearings.