OSI White Paper: Steps in the Right Direction

Open Society Institute-Baltimore is proud to release a new edition in its Baltimore Briefs Series, “Steps in the Right Direction: Maryland Counties Leading the Way on Pretrial Services.”

The report explores three Maryland jurisdictions—St. Mary’s County, Montgomery County, and Baltimore City—that are leading the way in improving pretrial justice in the state. It highlights strategies that other counties can use to make their local pretrial systems more effective. While each of these jurisdictions can be used as a model for others to follow, it is important to note that no single county yet has perfect pretrial practices, and there is always more room for improvement to bring about a fairer, safer, and more effective pretrial justice system. We hope the information in this report will be of use to jurisdictions across Maryland as we work together to bring about a more just and effective criminal justice system.




About OSI Baltimore

Open Society Institute – Baltimore is a public charity and the sole field office of the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs. We focus on the root causes of three intertwined problems in our city and state: drug addiction, an over-reliance on incarceration, and obstacles that impede youth in succeeding inside and out of the classroom. We believe that discussion and debate are critical to making positive, lasting changes. This site is a testing ground where ideas can be considered and discussion can be fostered.