Bail Reform

May 8, 2014

In 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals found the state's bail system inherently unfair because it favors criminal defendants with the means to hire attorneys and post bond. A proposed solution -- providing public defenders to indigent defendants when all bail decisions are made -- could cost the state millions of dollars. Our guests: WYPR State House Reporter Chris Connelly; Baltimore-based lawyers Michael Schatzow and Mitchell Mirviss of Venable LLP, critics of what they call needless incarceration of poor defendants; and local bail bondsman Mark Adams, who supports the creation of night courts to expedite bail review.

Currently, indigent defendants are not represented by a public defender when initial bail decisions are made.