By JOTF on 5/26/2016
by Caryn York, Senior Policy Advocate

Last week, Governor Hogan signed Maryland’s Justice Reinvestment Act (JRA) into law. Established in 2015 by legislation, the Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council (The Council) was tasked with analyzing ten years of state corrections and sentencing data to better understand who we have been sending to prison, for how long, and why. Representing a diverse perspective of criminal justice stakeholders that included legislators, judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, law enforcement, and advocates, the Council crafted solutions for Maryland that would hold offenders accountable while reducing the state's nonviolent incarcerated population. Simply put, the Council recommendations were based on data, research, evidence-based practices, and serious consideration of public safety.

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