Maryland is one of only three states that require the governor’s sign-off on parole board recommendations to release inmates serving life terms. Governors rarely agree that inmates should be released, but parole chairman David Blumberg remains upbeat.
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a broad challenge to the constitutionality of the death penalty. The court will not hear an Arizona contract killer’s argument that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and has become a “freakish” penalty.
Police officers still are killing U.S. civilians at about the same rate as they did in 2015, but attention to the Trump administration has forced police violence and criminal justice reform more broadly out of the headlines.
The 21st Century Cures Act provided $500 million to deal with the opioid crisis but three-quarters of it remains unspent. The law’s two-year spending span makes it difficult for treatment providers to build long-term programs. “This is a total failure,” says one expert.
A majority of Americans favor marijuana legalization, but opinions can diverge sharply at the local level. There are tensions between those who want to treat it as a business and those who see it as an opportunity for social justice.
It’s an age-old problem in criminal justice. The New York Times found more than 25 cases since January 2015 in which offers lied about things like the whereabouts of guns, illegal searches and episodes that they did not really witness or may not have happened at all.