Criminal Justice

Too often, policies and workplace practices act as barriers to residents with criminal records seeking to rebuild their lives. The economy will not achieve its full potential unless all residents are able to participate.

MDCEP works with partners around Maryland to ensure that law enforcement and economic development work hand in hand, rather than at cross purposes.

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Under-funding Public Defenders Harms Maryland’s Justice System

Anyone who is facing criminal charges, has a Constitutional right to legal representation. However, having
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Maryland Pays High Costs for Federal Immigration Enforcement

Jailing suspected undocumented immigrants at the request of federal officials costs Maryland and its localities
Recent Criminal Justice Publications

New Laws Move Maryland Forward

October 3, 2016 by Kali Schumitz
When new laws went into effect on Saturday, our state took some important steps forward in creating a more vibrant and inclusive Maryland – both in the workplace and in… read more

Under-funding Public Defenders Harms Maryland’s Justice System

September 13, 2016 by Kristina Li
Anyone who is facing criminal charges, has a Constitutional right to legal representation. However, having a lawyer who has time to learn the facts of the case and provide an… read more

Educating Maryland’s Youth is the Best Investment for Safer Communities

August 3, 2016 by Kristina Li
We all benefit from living in safe communities – however, when politicians focus on being “tough on crime,” the types of laws they enact often end up jailing more people… read more

2016 Session Leaves Missed Opportunities to Help Working Marylanders

April 13, 2016 by Kali Schumitz
When this year’s legislative session began, there was the potential for the General Assembly to take meaningful steps to help thousands of Marylanders who struggle to make ends meet. There… read more

African Americans Still Experience Economic Injustice in Maryland

February 9, 2016 by Mark Scott
Even as Maryland becomes an increasingly diverse state, inequity in the economic success of different racial groups remains a persistent problem. When comparing measures of income, employment, poverty, housing, and… read more

Statement in Support of SB 652- Expungement of Records

February 19, 2015 by Kathleen Algire-Fedarcyk
Position Statement Supporting Senate Bill 652 Given before the Senate Judiciary Proceedings Committee  Repealing the subsequent conviction rule is critical for people to gain employment, giving them the ability to… read more

Statement in Support of SB 526- Maryland’s Second Chance Act 2015

February 19, 2015 by Kathleen Algire-Fedarcyk
Second Chances are Vital to Our Economy Position Statement Supporting Senate Bill 526 Given before the Senate Judiciary Proceedings Committee    Marylanders who have paid their dues for non-violent criminal misdemeanors… read more

Statement in Support of HB 29 – Law Enforcement Trust Act

March 6, 2014 by Sean Miskell
Carrying out federal immigration detention requests costs money that can be better used elsewhere Given before the House Judiciary Committee The Maryland Center on Economic Policy supports House Bill 29… read more

Statement in Support of SB 554 – Law Enforcement Trust Act

February 27, 2014 by Sean Miskell
Carrying out federal immigration detention requests costs money that can be better used elsewhere Given before the Judicial Proceedings Committee… read more

Maryland Pays High Costs for Federal Immigration Enforcement

February 1, 2014 by Sean Miskell
Jailing suspected undocumented immigrants at the request of federal officials costs Maryland and its localities hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, using scarce state and local resources that could… read more