Pretrial fees continue despite goals of General Assembly
COVID-19 delayed trials and motivated judges to order home monitoring. The trade off? The fees charged to defendants for private electronic supervision as they await trial mounted up.
A new law to waive fees for low income people went into effect July 1--but fees are still being charged, until early October.
We discuss the obstacles to getting started.
Chief Judge John P. Morrissey of the District Court of Maryland
Todd Oppenheim, supervising attorney in the Baltimore City Public Defenders’ Office
Iman Freeman, executive director of the Baltimore Legal Action Team
Delegate Luke Clippinger
Delegate Stephanie Smith
Correction: HB316 passed without Governor Hogan's signature. In the introduction, we incorrectly described the bill as "signed into law."