Join LBS in Annapolis as we fight to reform Maryland’s racist bail system!
There is a fundamental contradiction in the criminal justice system: The accused are innocent until proven guilty, yet mere accusations can force them to pay cash bail in order to obtain freedom. Given the large percentage of cases which are dismissed for lack of evidence, this means folk who have committed no crime are forced to stay in jail before trial just because they can’t afford bail.
Bail is not a punishment. Its goal is to ensure that accused persons show up for trial. Numerous studies show judges consistently give Black defendants higher bails and even deny them bail altogether by deeming them too dangerous to be released.
The Maryland Pretrial Justice Reform Act of 2017 is designed to go beyond the question of “risk assessment or judicial discretion” and center community in the conversation on pretrial justice issues.
Contact your legislator in advance so you can advocate for these reforms! Click here to find out how.
We will be taking a bus to Annapolis on 3/7/2017 for the House Bill Hearing in the Judiciary Committee.
The bus will leave from Baltimore at 9AM from the Real News Network (231 Holliday St, Baltimore, MD 21202).
RSVP to reserve your spot on the bus. Bring your State ID, otherwise you will not be allowed to enter the building.
We will be providing free food and snacks the entire time we are in Annapolis.
The latest we will leave from Annapolis is 8PM. Please make appropiate travel arrangements if you need to leave earlier.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.