Assembly leaders endorse proposal to create court for misdemeanor crime

January 13, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

In a meeting yesterday with the Greater Baltimore Committee, state legislative leaders endorsed a proposal for a "community court" in the city that would handle misdemeanor crimes and sentence offenders to treatment programs and community service.

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House of Delegates Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. told the GBC, which is leading the effort to establish the court, that they will support legislation to create one.

Modeled after a court in New York City, a community court handles cases in which defendants, who are charged with such misdemeanor crimes as prostitution, minor drug offenses and loitering, plead guilty immediately and are sentenced to community service, such as sweeping streets or cleaning up graffiti. Offenders also could be ordered to attend drug treatment and employment counseling programs.

Pub Date: 1/13/98

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