Tag: prison

Council Bill Would Impose Mandatory One-Year Prison Sentence for Those Carrying Illegal Firearms

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A new measure going before the Baltimore City Council next week would ramp up sentencing requirements for those who illegally possess handguns in the city — the same people who police say are carrying out most of Baltimore’s murders.

With Heather Cook’s First Parole Hearing Approaching, a Letter-Writing Effort Aims to Keep Her in Prison

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Baltimoreans are reacting with surprise and anger to the possibility that former Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook may be released from prison this spring, less than two years after she received a seven-year sentence for a drunk-driving hit-and-run accident that killed a Baltimore cyclist and father of two.

Prisons Are Bad News for Infectious Diseases, Hopkins Study Says

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Infectious diseases like HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis are major problems in prisons worldwide, a Johns Hopkins study has found.

Someone Committed a Very 21st-Century Crime in Maryland This Week

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Over the weekend, police in Cumberland, Maryland arrested two men for trying to smuggle drugs, tobacco, and porn into a maximum security prison. That in itself is not that unusual; what was unique about this case, however, was the method they’d chosen for their smuggling.

“Momentum Is Building” on New 120-Bed Youth Jail in Baltimore City

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Right now, included among the inmates at the Baltimore City Detention Center are 43 youths who have been charged and tried as adults — they are kids, convicted of things like “murder, rape, assault, handgun violations and robbery with a deadly weapon.” Maryland has been tasked with improving the conditions these young people endure –which have included “assaults, lax oversight by correction officers, and stifling heat” according to the Sun.

Baltimore’s Seizure-Faking Restaurant Scammer

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Sounds like somebody took that book Choke a little too close to heart: police recently released a warning about a seizure-faking restaurant scammer in the Baltimore area. Andrew Palmer (pictured above) has just gotten out of prison and unless he’s made some major life-adjustments, restaurants had better be on the lookout for the 45-year-old.

Despite Sentence Commutations, O’Malley Still “Tough on Crime”

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Our tough-on-crime governor has granted his first ever sentence commutations for prisoners doing life for murder. Gov. Martin O’Malley has accepted the recommendations of the state’s Parole Commission in commuting the sentences of Mark Farley Grant and Tamara Settles, but the governor has discouraged the public from interpreting these commutations as a shifting of his stance, and with good reason.

Mark Farley Grant was sentenced to life in prison as a 15-year-old (now 42) for the shooting death of Michael Gough. With the key witness for the prosecution recanting his testimony in 2006, and the University of Maryland School of Law sending O’Malley a report in 2008 outlining their opinion that Grant had been framed for the murder and wrongfully convicted, a commutation (without reference to his probable innocence) in 2012 is really way too little, way too late.

Tamara Settles was convicted 27 years ago of luring a man into being robbed in which he was shot and killed by her boyfriend. The boyfriend, who pulled the trigger, has been out of jail for 19 years, while Settles has continued to serve life, due to the ineptitude of her lawyers.

These commutations are really the exceptions that prove the rule, highlighting the people who regularly pay the price for a “tough on crime” reputation. Does anyone else think this last chance for the wrongfully convicted or excessively sentenced shouldn’t be decided by an ambitious man with a political reputation to cultivate?

Honor Student in Jail! A JHU Production

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Playing this weekend at Johns Hopkins, “Legion” follows the story of a teenage honor student, who happens to be in jail, while the service organization he founded is under siege. And, perhaps most interestingly, a drug dealer is in the hospital. How are all of these things connected? Come to the John Astin Theatre this weekend and find out!

“Legion,” written by award-winning playwright Nick Glossman, is produced by the Johns Hopkins University Theater and directed by James Glossman. It will feature performances by Johns Hopkins theater students and a guest appearance by John Astin.

Performances are this weekend, March 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., and March 11 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for students with ID, $13 for seniors/faculty/alumni, and $15 general admission. To reach the Box Office, call 410-516-5153 or email JHUT@jhu.edu