… A collection of facts about programs, activities, and other endeavors throughout the Judiciary with a focus on equal justice.
The theme of the 2021 Maryland Judicial Conference was Social Justice.
- Society at a Tipping Point: Race, Class & the Way Forward
- Judges as Leaders or Merely Wel-Meaning Ents?
- COVID-19: Widening Economic Inequity and the Court's Role
- Ensuring Justice for All: Guidance for Inclusion of People with Disabilities Comint to Court
- Implicit Bias and Procedural Fairness
- Respecting LGBTQ+ Litigants and Counsel in the Courtroom
- The Use of Pre-Trial Risk Assessments and Maryland Sentencing Guidelines to Avoid Inequity in the Courtroom
- YOU can be the Difference...
The Maryland District Court offers voluntary based programs for veterans charged with misdemeanor offenses. The mission of Veteran’s Court is to serve the community and increase public safety by offering treatment and support for those with prior military experience who have substance use disorders and/or mental health issues. In lieu of incarceration, the court brings together numerous service providers who offer programs, benefits and other services needed. The veteran is often matched with a volunteer veteran mentor who will support the veteran as s/he progresses through the program. Many have graduated with great success from Veteran Court.
…..Drug Treatment Court
The Baltimore City Drug Treatment Court is one of the oldest in the country and seeks to provide an alternative to incarceration for those charged with a drug involved crime. In 2019, DTC celebrated its 25th year of assisting thousands of participants in addressing substance abuse issues. The goal of the DTC is to assist nonviolent offenders who suffer from substance abuse with recovery from addiction and to rehabilitate participants who present a low risk to public safety to become productive, self-sustaining members of society, as well as, to “break the cycle” of recidivism. While under court supervision, the DTC will work with community programs to provide treatment programs and support services including assistance with employment, educational programs, housing, recommendations for healthcare, and social service assistance. Upon successfully completing the program, the DTC provides a distinguished graduation ceremony giving praise, applause and even reduced sentencing to the proud participant. The program’s new motto is “Choose to Live.”