Jan. 23: Examining criminal justice reform in Md. after ‘Unger’

Unger eviteIn the 2012 Unger v. State decision, the Maryland Court of Appeals recognized that an instruction long provided by Maryland judges to juries was structurally flawed and fundamentally unfair.

As a result, more than 130 prisoners serving life sentences for violent crimes were freed on probation. Thanks to the collaboration of social workers, lawyers and others, these men and women — known as the “Ungers” — received social services and other re-entry support.

A screening of a CBS News story, “The Ungers: Righting a miscarriage of justice,” will kick off an afternoon program that will feature a panel discussion about criminal justice reform and, in particular, a bill before the 2018 Maryland General Assembly that would remove the governor from the parole process.

Jan. 23, 2018
3-5 p.m.
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
12th floor
1401 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD  21201

RSVP here

Panelists:

Rebecca Bowman-Rivas
Manager, Law & Social Work Service Program
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Etta Myers
Director
Maryland Justice Project and one of the “Ungers”

Walter Lomax
Executive Director
Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative

Michael Millemann
Professor of Law
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Scott D. Shellenberger, J.D. ’84
State’s Attorney, Baltimore County

Moderator:
Jane Murphy
Laurence M. Katz Professor of Law and Director of the Juvenile Justice Project
University of Baltimore School of Law

Sponsored by the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Juvenile Justice Project and the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative.

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