Check out the latest op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, co-authored by our CEO and organizational partners, Baltimore Action Legal Team (BALT) and Out for Justice, Inc. (OFJ).
“The continued reluctance of key justice officials to fully embrace Maryland’s initial pretrial reforms has put people at increased risk during the current pandemic. This reluctance is on display through the consistent imposition of bail. Advocates have also seen a marked increase in the number of people requesting assistance to pay home detention fees, which suggest an increase in orders for home detention. Both of these options impose financial conditions of release and allow private, for-profit businesses to continue to make money off the backs of poor and low-income African Americans who have not been found guilty of anything and who are at increased risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19 if they remain in jail.”