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Governor's Crime Plan Sends Md. Back to the '80s, Baltimore Sun, 12/31/2017

Baltimore County Pilot Program Aims to Reduce Number of People in Jail Before Trial, Baltimore Sun, 12/26/2017

Concerns Persist Over School System for Juvenile Offenders, Capital News Service/Associated Press, 12/20/2017

Finding a Fix: Embedded with the Suburban Cops Confronting the Opioid Epidemic, Mother Jones, 12/2017

Baltimore’s Latest Plan to Clamp Down on Crime: Tricking and Trapping Youths, The Root, 12/8/2017

Maryland Prosecutors Pursue Manslaughter, Murder in Overdose Cases, Baltimore Sun, 12/7/2017

DeWolfe Takes Cellphone-Search Case to Supreme Court, The Daily Record, 12/6/2017

2,000 Cases Affected by Baltimore Police Misconduct, Public Defender Says, CNN, 12/5/2017

Public Defenders: Thousands Of Cases Connected To Indicted Officers Should Be Tossed, CBS Baltimore, 12/4/2017

A Dubious Arrest, a Compromised Prosecutor, a Tainted Plea: How One Murder Case Exposes a Broken System, Pro Publica, 12/4/2017

Public Defender: Every Case Touched by Indicted Baltimore Gun Task Force Officers 'Irreparably Tainted', Baltimore Sun, 12/1/2017

Indictment Links Drugs Planted by Dirty Cop to Slain Baltimore Detective, The Real News, 11/30/2017

Baltimore Youth Need Services, Not Prison, Baltimore Sun, 11/29/2017

They Are Us: Public Defender Todd Oppenheim on Why His Clients Matter, Baltimore Beat, 11/29/2017

Why Does Maryland Try So Many Juvenile Offenders as Adults?, Baltimore Sun, 11/27/2017

How to Glow Up: Baltimore Youth Arts Helps Youth Inside and Outside the Justice System, Baltimore Beat, 11/22/2017

Maryland Government Needs More staff to Perform Mission, Analysts Say, Baltimore Sun, 11/20/2017

DeWolfe: Subject Minor Offenders to Fines, Not Jail, The Daily Record, 11/17/2017

Questioning the Narrative of Increased Youth Violence, The Real News, 11/13/2017 

The Ungers: Righting a Miscarriage of Justice, CBS Sunday Morning, 11/12/2017

Lamont Davis Isn't Innocent, But That Doesn't Mean He's Guilty, Baltimore Sun, 10/27/2017

Md. High Court to Hear Arguments on Constitutionality of Juvenile Life Sentences, Baltimore Sun, 10/26/2017

Constitutionality of Juvenile Life Sentences Reaches Md. High Court, The Daily Record, 10/20/2017

More Baltimore Youths Moving From Adult to Juvenile Courts, U.S. News and World Report, 10/13/2017

Supreme Court Rejects Maryland’s Appeal of Marijuana-Frisk Decision, The Daily Record, 10/2/2017

New Maryland Law Lets Some Prisoners Seek Reduced Sentences for Drug Crimes, Baltimore Sun, 9/30/2017

Judge Holds Maryland Officials in Contempt, Orders Them to Open Dozens of Psychiatric Beds, Baltimore Sun, 9/29/2017

Defense Attorneys Urge Court to Open Personnel Files of Indicted Baltimore Officers, Baltimore Sun, 9/29/2017

State Officials Held in Contempt in Lawsuit Over Mentally Ill Inmates, Washington Post, 9/28/2017

Baltimore Prosecutor Says More Than 850 Cases Impacted by Questionable Police Conduct,CNN, 9/27/2017

Baltimore Prosecutors Drop Dozens More Cases Involving Indicted Officers, Others Shown in Body Camera Footage, Baltimore Sun, 9/26/2017

Committee to Discuss Baltimore Violence with Hogan’s ‘Truth-in-Sentencing’ Proposal on Many Minds, The Daily Record, 9/11/2017

Fixing the Unfair Bail System is Worth the Costs, Washington Post, 9/9/2017

State Opens $35 Million Youth Detention Facility in Baltimore, Baltimore Sun, 9/8/2017

The Deal Prosecutors Offer When They Have No Cards Left to Play, the Atlantic, 9/7/2017

The Freedom Plea: How Prosecutors Deny Exonerations by Dangling the Prison Keys, Pro Publica, 9/7/2017

DeWolfe Urges Justices to Let Marijuana-Frisk Decision Stand, The Daily Record, 8/31/2017

As Judge Considers Holding State in Contempt, Md. Health Secretary Defends Psychiatric Care, Baltimore Sun, 8/15/2017

Three Police Misconduct Cases — All Involving Body Cameras — Had New Developments This Week. Here’s What Happened, PBS News Hour, 8/11/2017

Officer Investigated For Possible Evidence Tampering Gives His Account Of Events, CBS Baltimore, 8/10/2017

In Baltimore, Gunfire and Scandals Aplenty. So Where Are Police?, New York Times, 8/9/2017

New Baltimore Police Scandal Threatens Criminal Cases, NPR, 8/8/2017

Bodycam Footage Raises Questions for Police Department, U.S. News & World Report, 8/7/2017

Baltimore Police Under Fire Over Alleged Planting of Evidence, The Today Show, 8/4/2017

Baltimore Public Defenders Say Body Camera Video Shows Faked Evidence, CNN, 8/3/2017

Second Police Video in Baltimore Allegedly Shows Evidence Planting, Wall Street Journal, 8/2/2017

Public Defender's Office Wants Answers From Baltimore City's State's Attorney, WBAL-TV, 8/1/2017 

Juvenile Life Ruling Affects Some With Parole Option, News Chief, 8/1/2017

Baltimore Community Programs Help Residents, Reduce Crime, Baltimore Sun, 8/1/2017

Second Body Cam Video of Baltimore Cops Manufacturing Evidence Discovered, Ars Technica, 7/31/2017

Second Body Camera Video ‘Appears to Depict’ Baltimore Officers Manufacturing Evidence, Baltimore Sun, 7/31/2017

About a Dozen Maryland Life Sentence Prisoners Seek New Terms, U.S. News & World Report, 7/31/2017

Baltimore Gun Offenders Vary, Sun Review Shows, Baltimore Sun 7/24/2017

Fallout in Court Following Release of Baltimore Officer's Body Camera Video, Fox 45 News, 7/20/2017

Did Baltimore Police Officer Plant Evidence in Drug Arrest?, CBS This Morning, 7/20/2017

Bodycam Video Appears to Show Baltimore Police Officer Planting Evidence in Drug Bust, Public Defender Says, ABC News, 7/20/2017

Body Camer a Footage Shows Officer Planting Drugs, Public Defender Says, Baltimore Sun, 7/19/2017

Police Investigate Police Body Cam Footage, Fox 45 News, 7/19/2017

Baltimore's Mandatory Minimum Madness, Baltimore Sun, 7/18/2017

Anne Arundel County Launches Amnesty Program for People with FTA Warrants, WBALTV, 6/12/2017

Pretrial Programs Critical to Eliminating Cash Bail, Baltimore Sun, 5/31/2017

St. Mary's Pretrial Supervision Program Earns Praise as it Cuts Incarceration, Baltimore Sun, 5/27/2017

Prince George's County Public Defender Hosts Expungement Fair, NBC-4 Washington, 5/23/2017

Fallout from Indictment of Baltimore Police Officers Continues as Prosecutors Drop Dozens of Charges, Baltimore Sun, 5/11/2017  

How Does a Public Defender Work, Slate, 5/8/2017

The Cost of Freedom, ACS Blog, 4/21/2017

Let Bail Reform Happen, The Daily Record, 4/7/2017

Federal Judge Approves Baltimore Consent Decree, The Daily Record, 4/7/2017

About 50 Speak at Baltimore Police Hearing, U.S. News & World Report, 4/6/2017

In Rare Hearing, Baltimore Police Officer Testifies About Past Internal Affairs Complaints, Baltimore Sun, 3/28/2017

In Rare Move, Baltimore Judge Allows Open Hearing on Officers' Internal Affairs Complaints, Baltimore Sun, 3/27/2017

Marilyn Mosby Says Seven Cops’ Indictments Affect More than 200 Cases; Public Defender Estimates Tally “in the Thousands”, Baltimore Fishbowl, 3/24/2017 

Attorneys Gain Access to Baltimore Police Officer’s Internal Affairs Records, The Daily Record, 3/22/2017

Judge Grants New Trial, State Drops Charge Against Man Arrested by Indicted Baltimore Police Officers, Baltimore Sun, 3/20/2017

Legal Consequences Due to the Federal Indictment of 7 Police Officers, Fox45 News, 3/20/2017

Following Officer Indictments, a Slew of Old Cases to Go Over, City Paper, 3/17/2017

Baltimore Consent Decree Advocates Say Transparency Still Necessary, The Daily Record, 3/17/2017

The High Cost of Bail: How Maryland's Reliance on Money Bail Jails the Poor and Costs the Community Millions, National Association of Public Defenders Blog, 3/13/2017

Impact of Seven Baltimore Officers' Indictment Continues to Grow, Fox Baltimore, 3/9/2017

More than 100 Call Public Defender Hotline for Help, ABC 2 News, 3/8/2017

Hotline Set Up For Those With Cases Involving Indicted Officers, CBS Baltimore, 3/7/2017

Indictment Sends Ripple of Doubt Through Baltimore Cases, U.S. News and World Report, 3/3/2017 

Bail Reform and the Cost of Pretrial Detention, Frederick News-Post, 2/27/2017

Why We Can’t Seem to End the War on Drugs, The Hill, 2/19/2017

Bill Would Strip Governor of Final Say in Parole Decisions, The Daily Record, 2/14/2017

Baltimore Advocates Fear Increased Enforcement of Undocumented Immigration, Baltimore Sun 2/14/2017

Don't Blame Baltimore Judge for Releasing a Man Police Later Shot, Baltimore Sun, 2/13/2017

More Work to be Done on Md. Bail Reform, Baltimore Sun, 2/9/2017

Maryland Court Overhauls Bail System That Jails Defendants Just Because They’re Poor, Huffington Post, 2/8/2017

Maryland Court of Appeals: Defendants Can't Be Held in Jail Because They Can't Afford Bail, Baltimore Sun, 2/8/2017

Making Bail Should be Easier for Low-Income People Under New Maryland Rules, Frederick News Post, 2/8/82017

Maryland’s Highest Court Overhauls the State’s Cash-Based Bail System, Washington Post, 2/7/2017

The US Bail System Punishes the Poor and Rewards the Rich, Quartz, 2/2/2017

Op-Alt: Why Ending the War on Drugs Makes Sense For All Sides and How We Can Start, City Paper, 1/31/2017

Md. Bill Erodes Due Process Protections, Baltimore Sun, 1/30/2017

Cashing Out, VICE, 1/19/2017

Holder Urges Md. Bail Reform, Afro, 1/11/2017

Missed a Court Date? This Month, You Could Be Forgiven, City Paper, 1/6/2017

Second Chance Program Helps Resolve Failure to Appear Warrants, WBAL-TV, 1/5/2017

Money Bail Extracts Too High a Toll, Baltimore Sun, 1/3/2017

The High Cost of Bail, ACS Blog, 1/3/2017

She Spent Five Days In Jail Because She Couldn’t Come Up With $1,000. Bail Overhaul Advocates Say Her Story Is Not Uncommon, Washington Post, 12/27/2016

DeWolfe Seeks Supreme Court Review of Search Following DUI Arrest, The Daily Record, 12/27/2016  

Lost Girls: Young Women Face Harsher Punishment in Maryland’s Juvenile Justice System, Baltimore Sun, 12/16/2016

In Maryland, Public Defenders Bear Uneven Burden, Washington Post, 12/16/2016 

Maryland Task Force Recommends Limits to Juvenile Shackling Policies, Baltimore Sun, 12/16/2016 

Justice by Algorithm, City Lab, 12/8/2016

Baltimore's Cash Bail System Traps Thousands, Propelling the Poor Deeper into Poverty, City Paper, 12/7/2016

Maryland Juvenile Justice Task Force Recommends Severely Curtailing Strip-Searches, Baltimore Sun, 12/2/2016 

Md. High Court Will Consider Rule Prohibiting Exorbitant Bail, The Daily Record, 11/18/2016

In Maryland, A Fight is Brewing Over Cash Bail for Poor Defendants, Washington Post, 11/17/2016

Baltimore Suspending Many More Students from School, Baltimore Sun, 11/14/2016

Eric Holder Wants to End Bail as We Know It, City Lab, 11/8/16

Law Enforcement and Community Roundtable, The Baltimore Barrister, 11/2016

District Court Chief Judge Advises Against Using Bail to Detain, Punish Defendants, The Daily Record, 10/31/2016

Editorial Advisory Board: Maryland Judiciary Must Show Leadership on Bail Reform, The Daily Record, 10/27/2016

Maryland Parole Commission Says It Will Hold Hearings for Hundreds of Juvenile Lifers, Baltimore Sun, 10/16/2016

Maryland Attorney General Questions State's Bail System, WBAL TV, 10/14/2016

Unconstitutional Detention, Baltimore Sun, 10/13/2016

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh Questions Legality of Bail Defendants Can't Afford, Baltimore Sun, 10/11/2016

Under-funding Public Defenders Harms Maryland’s Justice System, MD Center on Economic Policy, 9/13/2016

How Baltimore Became America's Laboratory for Spy Tech, Wired, 9/4/2016 

Public Defender to Baltimore Police: Suspend Use of Surveillance Plane, CBS Baltimore, 8/29/2016

State Public Defender's Office Calls for Immediate Suspension of Baltimore Police Surveillance Program, Baltimore Sun, 8/29/2016

Public Defenders Say Discovery Violations an Everyday Occurrence, Daily Record, 8/28/2016

Overwhelmed Public Defenders, Baltimore Sun, 8/27/2016

Public Defender: Baltimore's Secret Surveillance Images Could Have Exonerated Innocent Citizens, Baltimore Sun, 8/26/2016

Baltimore Police Department Uses Sophisticated Aerial Camera Surveillance System, WBALTV, 8/26/2016

Public Defenders Begin Combing Through Cases After Aerial Surveillance Discovery, Fox 45 News, 8/25/2016

No More Secret Surveillance on Baltimore Citizens, Baltimore Sun, 8/24/2016

Public Defenders Get the Job Done, Baltimore Sun, 8/23/2016

Maryland Public Defenders Juggle Heavy Caseloads; Critics Say Indigent Clients Suffer, Baltimore Sun, 8/20/2016 

Baltimore School Cops' Abuse Of Kids Is Rooted In City's Racist History, Huffington Post, 8/16/2016

Op-Alt: Why you should read Justice Sotomayor's opinion in Utah v. Strieff, City Paper, 8/10/2016

Police Don't Need to Read Miranda Rights to Arrest, Charge Someone with Crime, Carroll County Times, 8/6/2016

Debacle in Baltimore: Prosecutors, Part of the Problem, Struggle with Solutions, Salon, 7/24/2016

Demorrea Tarver's Charges Were Dropped, but the 10 Percent Fee He Promised a Bail Bondsman on His $275,000 Bail Has Him Drowning in Debt, City Paper, 7/20/2016

Maryland's Second-Highest Court Orders Juveniles Unshackled in Court, Baltimore Sun, 7/1/2016 

Advocates, Judges Discuss Expungement Changes, Daily Record, 6/16/2016

Maryland Lawsuit Seeks Hospital Beds for Mentally Ill Inmates, Washington Post, 6/10/2016

Modernizing Maryland's Bail System, WYPR, 6/8/2016

How Maryland Came to Repeal Mandatory Minimums for Drug Offenders, Washington Post, 6/1/2016

Why Exercising Your Rights Is Still a Dangerous Act a Year After the Death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore City Paper, 6/1/2016

The Problem with Cash Bail, Baltimore Sun, 5/11/2016

Battlefield Technology Gets Spotlight in Maryland Courts: Secrecy and Defense Concerns Surround Cell Phone Trackers, Capital News Service, 5/3/2016

Efforts to Reconsider Life Sentences for Juveniles Gain Momentum in Maryland, Baltimore Sun, 4/23/2016

Baltimore Case on Cellphone Tracking Echoes Broader Concerns, NBC News, 4/10/2016 

ACLU of Md. Alleges Unconstitutional Parole System for ‘Juvenile Lifers’, Daily Record, 4/6/2016

Stingray Ruling Could Challenge Hundreds of Baltimore Convictions, Guardian, 4/5/2016

Police Use This Secret Military Snooping Gadget to Track Cell Phones. But Is It Legal?, Mother Jones, 4/4/2016

Court Systems Rethink the Use of Financial Bail, Which Some Say Penalizes the Poor, ABA Journal, 4/1/2016

A Maryland Court Is The First To Require A Warrant For Covert Cellphone Tracking, Washington Post, 3/31/2016

Maryland Appellate Court: Warrant Required For 'Stingray' Phone Tracking, Baltimore Sun, 3/31/2016

200 Imprisoned Based On Illegal Cellphone Tracking, Review Finds, USA Today, 3/31/2016

Strip-Searching and Shackling Kids: Is it Necessary?, WYPR Midday, 3/30/2016 

MD Legislators on Standby as Murder Sentencing Scheme Faces Constitutional Challenge, Daily Record, 3/20/16

Are School Police Doing More Harm Than Good?WYPR Midday, 3/16/2016

Annapolis Stingray Hearing Offers Rare Glimpse at How Police Track Cellphones, Technical.ly Baltimore, 3/15/16

Juveniles In Maryland's Justice System Are Routinely Strip-searched And Shackled, Baltimore Sun, 3/13/2016

School Police Do More Harm Than Good, Baltimore Sun, 3/10/2016

Maryland Court Bars Evidence From Cellphone Tracking Device, Washington Times, 3/2/2016

MD Public Defender, Prosecutor Both Back Criminal Justice Reforms, Baltimore Sun, 2/29/2016

More Than 130 Maryland Lifers Adjust To Freedom After Court Ruling, NPR, 2/17/2016

OPD Takes Closer Look At Juveniles Sentenced To Life In Prison, Daily Record, 2/3/2016

Supreme Court: Juveniles Sentenced To Life May Get 2nd Chance, Baltimore Sun, 1/26/2016

Inside America's For-Profit Bail System, VICE, 1/21/2016

Treatment, Not Jail, For Addicts, Mentally Ill, Baltimore Sun, 1/6/2016

Criticism Leveled At Schools For Maryland Juvenile Offenders, Baltimore Sun, 12/28/2015

Scrooge Comes To Prince George's County, Washington Post, 12/25/2015

Guest Column: Police Must Enforce The Law Evenly, Capital Gazette, 10/14/2015

MD Public Defender's Division Challenges Life Sentences For Juveniles, Daily Record, 9/14/2015

As Jail Inmates Are Moved, Their Lawyers Have Trouble Finding Them, Baltimore Sun, 8/14/2015

Public Defender's Office To Review Cases Involving Stingray Technology, Baltimore Sun, 8/28/2015

Unchain Maryland's Children, Baltimore Sun, 5/19/2015

Street Policing Doesn't Belong In School, Baltimore Sun, 1/30/2015

Judge In Maryland Locks Up Youths And Rules Their Lives, New York Times, 12/19/2014

Lawyer Training Maryland Public Defenders Among MacArthur Grant Winners, Baltimore Sun, 9/17/2014