Action Alert- April 3, 2018
THE HOGAN-ZIRKIN CRIME BILL
JOTF strongly opposes SB 122 as it will increase incarceration through mandatory minimums and sentence enhancements. Although this bill is being touted as a statewide crime effort, it directly targets Baltimore City without addressing the true needs of Baltimore, the causes of poverty, or joblessness. SB 122 will only drive unemployment by increasing the number of individuals who have a criminal record. This bill does not include expungement, correctional education or programming, or data to support these measures, and is NOT comprehensive.
Consequently, JOTF’s key policy priority, HB 1383/SB1212 -The Maryland REDEEM (RecordExpungement Designed to Enhance EMployment) Act – comprehensive expungement legislation that would expand expungement eligibility to individuals with a criminal record, particularly those with non-convictions, invalidated fugitive warrants, and nonviolent misdemeanor and felony convictions after a 3- and 5-year waiting period, respectively, has yet to be voted on in the House Judiciary Committee due to pending negotiations on the Hogan-Zirkin Crime Bill (SB 122).
We need your help. Baltimore City Delegation and the House Judiciary Committee need to hear from YOU. While this bill is statewide, it is being touted as the solution to Baltimore City’s crime challenges and predominately and disproportionately impacts Baltimore City residents, particularly poor communities of color who are over policed and under served.
Please contact ALL members of the Baltimore City Delegation to urge them to REJECT the proposed solution to crime in Baltimore City.
URGE THEM TO VOTE RED on SB 122!
Example Email/Phone Script:
Dear Delegate _____. My name is ______ and I am calling/emailing to urge your opposition of SB 122, which increases mandatory minimums and maximum sentences and disproportionately impacts Baltimore City, particularly residents of color. This bill will simply increase our reliance on incarceration, which does not deter crime and predominantly impacts communities of color from accessing stable, reliable employment. SB 122 does nothing to truly address the root causes of crime in Baltimore and invest in supportive systems that increase employability, safety, and community. I urge you to oppose SB 122 and work towards better pathways for community safety that don’t rely on the heavy and ineffective use of mass incarceration.
Baltimore City Delegation Members
Curt Anderson, chair
Cory V. McCray
Keith E. Haynes
Mary L. Washington
The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on SB 122 TODAY. Call members of the House Judiciary Committee and urge an UNFAVORABLE REPORT on SB 122!
House Judiciary Committee Members
Frank Conaway Jr.
For more information on SB 122, please contact Nikki Thompson, Senior Policy Advocate at email@example.com or 410-725-8434