The Baltimore Sun reports that prisoners on probation are increasingly being sent to prison for violating the terms of their probation, even if they did not commit the crime the were arrested for while on the street. Even prosecutors who have lost criminal cases at trial are able to send defendants back to prison for technically violating the terms or their release.
While, prosecutors say the practice helps them to get violent offenders off the streets, defense lattorneys say that authorities are using the system to put defendants behind bars when a jury has refused to do so. “It’s patently unfair, and it screams injustice,” said Margaret Mead, a Baltimore-area defense attorney for 17 years. “They’re basically sneaking people into jail through the back door.”