Pretrial Justice Clinic work featured on front page of Baltimore Sun today

The front page of the Baltimore Sun today reports on a case being handled by the Pretrial Justice Clinic, in which the Clinic is challenging bail set by a judge who refused to make an individualized inquiry about the defendant, contrary to governing law.

“Makar and Shareef argue in court papers that not conducting an ‘individualized assessment’ amounts to a rigid ‘bail schedule’ which is not allowed under Maryland legal rules.

Reliance on a bail schedule results in faulty bail determinations that lead to the erroneous deprivation of liberty for individuals who have not been convicted of a crime,” they said. “While the nature of the offense is one of many factors that a judicial officer can consider,” they wrote, the court “ignored other important factors.”

You can read the whole story here,




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