Maryland State Advisory Committee fails to issue report on criminal justice problems

Maryland State Advisory Committee fails to issue report on criminal justice problems

As Keith Wallington and Walter Lomax write for the Baltimore Sun, the powers-that-be in Maryland apparently want to save face when it comes to racial discrimination in the Maryland criminal justice system, from traffic stops to drug offenses.

Despite a wide range of folks, from community representatives to scholars to members of the public, among others, who came to Annapolis in June to testify about racial disparities in the Maryland criminal justice system, the Maryland State Advisory Committee wrapped up its term without issuing so much as a report or one single recommendation as to how the problem could be addressed.

The purpose of the State Advisory Committee, as Wallington and Lomax report, is to advise the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

It’s not clear why the State Advisory Committee chose to take no action after having heard the testimony of many, many different people and organizations.

This, despite what Wallington and Lomax say is “plenty to report about,” such as the Maryland mandatory sentencing laws, which end up sentencing a disproportionate number of black men as opposed to white men, both of whom are often convicted of the same types of drug crimes.

Source: Maryland won’t face up to discrimination in criminal justice

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