Maryland has seen a steady decline in its prison population since 2011; however, its recidivism rate is still high. Starting in 2016, Maryland began making criminal justice reforms. Such reforms include:
Though Maryland’s prison population is declining, lawmakers still have considerable work to do to reform the system. In 2016, there was an initiative to ban mandatory minimums, but instead, Governor Larry Hogan introduced new mandatory minimum legislation in 2018. It’s time for Maryland to start being “smart-on-crime” and get rid of minimum sentencing laws and implement more reforms that reduce the incarceration and recidivism rates, improve public safety, and safe taxpayer dollars.
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