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Maryland’s step backwards in criminal justice for kids | READER COMMENTARY

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Nicole D. Porter’s recent commentary correctly nailed why the terrible legislation on criminal “justice” recently passed in the Maryland General Assembly and fails to provide safety or justice, particularly with regard to children (“Maryland lawmakers worsened criminal justice in three ways this year,” May 10).

Gov. Wes Moore should have vetoed House Bill 814, a hastily cobbled-together bill. I’m particularly confused and saddened by the difference between Moore’s campaign rhetoric (“No child left behind!”) and his support of a bill that allows 10-to-12-year-olds to be incarcerated for minor offenses and put in jail before court, rather than giving them and their families the therapeutic and educational support that has shown to work.

Governor Moore should be ending archaic policies like automatically charging children as adults, rather than supporting legislation like H.B. 814. He can do better and we need better policies for a safer, more just Maryland that cares about all of its children.

— Dr. Anna Rubin, Columbia

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The writer is a member of the Maryland Youth Justice Coalition.

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Maryland groups celebrate elimination of parole fees for ex-offenders

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Maryland school overcrowding requires bigger shakeup | READER COMMENTARY

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The recent editorial on school overcrowding correctly suggests that boundary changes have to be considered to alleviate overcrowding (“In Baltimore County, a failing grade on school overcrowding,” May 22). However, I doubt that this would solve more than a small percentage of the problem.

How do we hold a school board accountable when five of the 12 members (41%) are not elected, but are appointed by the governor? I would like to suggest that we look at school districts across the nation to see how they are managed. You will find that Maryland is one of only five states that does not have funding that is independent of county or municipality control. Why does Baltimore County Public Schools have to beg for funding from the county?

Here’s my suggestion. First, all school board members should be elected. Next, give the school board the ability to ask district voters for tax revenues for school construction and operations. Taxing authority should include the assessment of “impact fees” on housing construction so that the district could provide suitable facilities and address overcrowding. Let the school board have the authority and then they can be held accountable.

I understand that implementation is not that simple. But if 45 states can do it, Maryland can do it, too.

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— Larry Williams, Towson

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Police Investigating Shots Fired on Columbus Drive

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On Monday, May 27, 2024, at approximately 8:25 p.m., police responded to Columbus Drive in Lexington Park, for reports of shots being fired.

911 callers reported a black male wearing a black sweatshirt fired more than 5 times towards a residence.

Police are currently in the area and investigating the incident.

No known injuries have been reported.

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