Category Archives for "Legislative Updates"

Mar 13

4 Things You Can Do to Support Bail Reform in Maryland

Over the past couple of weeks, our bail reform effort has become tremendously controversial. Our bill, HB 1390 / SB 880 has been heard both in the Maryland House and the Senate. There is a rival bill that has emerged – HB 1215 / SB 983 – which is a bill essentially written by the bail bonds […]

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Feb 24

CALL TO ACTION: Support Bail Reform in Maryland!

We have been working diligently on bail reform in MD. Before we launch into the general update about where we are in Annapolis we want to remind you of what is at stake and why bail reform is necessary for Maryland. There is a fundamental contradiction in the criminal justice system: The accused are innocent […]

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Dec 20

NEWS: Baltimore housing commissioner Paul Graziano resigns

December 20, 2016 Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano has resigned, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh announced. (Baltimore Sun video) Mayor Catherine E. Pugh announced Tuesday the resignation of longtime Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano, following through on her campaign promise to remove the embattled agency head. Graziano, 62, had been under fire for more […]

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Jan 12

The 2015 LBS Legislative Agenda

Given the complexity of the legislative actions that will be required to address the items on our agenda, we are going to describe our legislative priorities in terms of the general issues that we will address and will provide examples of potential legislation.  We do not claim to be the only organization working on these […]

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Aug 30

The 2013 LBS Racial Justice Agenda

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle was not surprised by the George Zimmerman verdict. We all are aware of the way that white supremacy attributes anti-human characteristics to Black people in ways that make us vulnerable to gratuitous violence. From Hurricane Katrina, to police brutality, mass incarceration, and now the Zimmerman verdict is just another episode […]

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Nov 28

The Face of Institutional Racism in Maryland’s Criminal Justice System

Co-authored by: Adam Jackson and Nicholas Brady LBS has done a lot of working challenging the construction of a new youth detention center in Baltimore. This effort has helped to highlight the way institutional racism and the prison industrial complex manifests themselves here in Baltimore. It’s important that we don’t assume that this is the […]

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