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By Sarah Koenig and Sarah Koenig,SUN STAFF | May 9, 2002
Baltimore's top judges are appealing to Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend for money that would fund a struggling criminal justice "diversion" program designed to keep petty cases off city dockets. The judges contend that the program is an important component of the city's push to resolve minor cases within days of a person's arrest through early disposition court, thereby freeing the city's resources for serious violent crimes. "The proposed budgetary and personnel reductions place that court in serious peril," reads an April 29 letter, signed by District Court Administrative Judge Keith E. Mathews, Circuit Court Administrative Judge Ellen M. Heller, and Judge Stuart R. Berger, who is chairman of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
The release of a video that appears to show Ravens star Ray Rice delivering a vicious punch to his then-fiance Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator doesn't tell us anything we didn't think we already knew, but it makes the NFL look even worse for the way it handled the aftermath of the incident. Commissioner Roger Goodell has already admitted that he "didn't get it right" when he levied only a two-game suspension on Rice after his arrest, but this just shows everyone how wrong he got it. The NFL has said that league officials didn't see this part of the hotel security video before making a final determination on disciplinary action, which means that the decision was made based on the adjudication of the charge and the outcome of a meeting in which Ray and Janay Rice explained themselves to Goodell.
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By HEATHER A. DINICH and HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER | October 19, 2005
Upper Marlboro -- All charges have been dropped against Maryland basketball guard Chris McCray, who was arrested in College Park in late August after allegedly refusing to leave the scene of a fight, officials at the Prince George's County state's attorney's office said yesterday. His court date of Nov. 21, which conflicted with Maryland's game against Gonzaga in the opening round of the Maui Invitational, is no longer an issue, and McCray can make the trip. McCray, who was charged with resisting arrest and two other misdemeanor counts, completed 20 hours of community service during the third week of September as part of a diversion program.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
One month after coach John Harbaugh emphasized a high standard for players' conduct, starting cornerback Jimmy Smith became the latest Ravens player to be arrested during an unusually rocky offseason. Smith, 25, was charged Saturday night with failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer, a misdemeanor, after an incident at the Greene Turtle in Towson, making him the fifth Ravens player to be arrested since February. Police responding to a call about an unconscious woman in a bathroom at the York Road bar said they found Smith helping an intoxicated woman in the women's restroom.
NEWS
January 15, 2013
The Harford County Teen Court is looking for adult and teen volunteers to participate in the youth diversion program run in cooperation with the local courts, social services and community service agencies, police and the county school system. The Harford County Teen Court was piloted in the spring of 2011as a diversion program to provide first-time, non-violent youth offenders with a second chance. Offenders agree to participate in the Teen Court program and, if successful, avoid becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.
SPORTS
April 24, 1992
Discarding rumors that Todd Marinovich had failed an NFL drug test last December, Harbor Municipal Court Judge Susanne S. Shaw dismissed all drug charges against the Los Angeles Raiders quarterback yesterday after determining he had successfully completed a yearlong diversion program.Marinovich, 22, was arrested in Newport Beach last year for misdemeanor possession of cocaine and marijuana.Shaw cleared his record and absolved him of any further charges for completing the diversion program as a first-time offender.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | March 7, 1994
When the woman's teen-age daughter assaulted her and vandalized her Wilde Lake home about a year ago, she called police to have her only child arrested."
NEWS
By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,Maryland District Court headquarters Pub Date: 1/26/97 SUN STAFF | January 26, 1997
The Howard County state's attorney's office chooses not to prosecute a higher percentage of criminal cases brought in District Court than do its counterparts in other Baltimore suburban counties, according to state statistics.The high rate of untried cases in Howard -- 56 percent compared with a 39 percent average for the other suburban counties -- appears to contrast with the tough-on-crime campaign pledge of Howard County State's Attorney Marna McLendon.She criticized the "poor performance" of her predecessor in Howard, William R. Hymes, on the grounds of dropping too many District Court cases.
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By Ben Block and Ben Block,Sun reporter | October 28, 2007
If her clients don't follow her advice, Joselyn Brown's initial gentle sweetness can quickly turn serious as her stern motherly love takes hold. "She doesn't fool around; she's serious about getting people to behave," said Timothy J. McCrone, state's attorney for Howard County. For the past 14 years, Brown has worked as the diversion counselor with the state's attorney's office in Howard County. The program offers first-time offenders 18 and older a get-out-of-jail-free card, of sorts.
NEWS
May 4, 2004
IT'S UNFORTUNATE that people at the state Department of Juvenile Services and with the early intervention program Community Conferencing Center cannot resolve their own differences. They should try again. DJS praises the Baltimore-based center's work, which takes youthful troublemakers headed for court (and worse) and places them in a circle of victims, family and community where a mediator helps resolve their problems. The department sends about 50 children each year to the conferencing center; city police send another 40, kids diverted even before they get to DJS. School administrators, neighborhood residents and others also refer children to the program, which seeks not only to solve today's problems but to lessen the chances that kids will fall into the "deep end" - DJS detention, monitoring or confinement.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
City prosecutors have been offering more people charged with marijuana possession a chance to avoid conviction through community service, and recently released data shows that defendants are taking the deal at a rate that has tripled in the course of a year. Close to 4,500 went into the program, known as "diversion," in 2013 — up from about 1,400 the year before. "This is something, frankly, we're very proud about," Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said. The association that represents Maryland's 24 state's attorneys recently voted to oppose pushes in Annapolis to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, but the growing use of diversion programs show how city prosecutors are softening their approach.
NEWS
January 15, 2013
The Harford County Teen Court is looking for adult and teen volunteers to participate in the youth diversion program run in cooperation with the local courts, social services and community service agencies, police and the county school system. The Harford County Teen Court was piloted in the spring of 2011as a diversion program to provide first-time, non-violent youth offenders with a second chance. Offenders agree to participate in the Teen Court program and, if successful, avoid becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2011
The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has suspended its diversion programs for troubled youths, a decision that officials said is not related to a recent portrayal on the A&E network show "Beyond Scared Straight. " The programs, which typically send youths into prisons with hopes of deterring them from a life of crime by having them interact with inmates, were stopped last week, said Rick Binetti, the department's director of communications. In a Jan. 20 episode of the A&E show, set at the state's Jessup facility, an inmate threw a teenager into a bathroom to show what happens behind bars.
SPORTS
By Mike Miller, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2010
Jeff Oleen's racing career began 12 years ago with an old, ramshackle go kart his father bought for him to restore. And for much of his youth, racing was just a hobby for Oleen. Spending Saturdays at the track meant a chance to bond with his father. The Bethesda native quickly demonstrated an innate ability, winning five consecutive go kart championships between ages 12 and 16 at Sandy Hook Speedway in Street, Md. Kart racing led to formula racing and then to stock car racing.
NEWS
By Ben Block and Ben Block,Sun reporter | October 28, 2007
If her clients don't follow her advice, Joselyn Brown's initial gentle sweetness can quickly turn serious as her stern motherly love takes hold. "She doesn't fool around; she's serious about getting people to behave," said Timothy J. McCrone, state's attorney for Howard County. For the past 14 years, Brown has worked as the diversion counselor with the state's attorney's office in Howard County. The program offers first-time offenders 18 and older a get-out-of-jail-free card, of sorts.
NEWS
By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 19, 2006
With a selection of classical music over the usual springtime pops fare, the Arundel Vocal Arts Society's David Daniel directed a musically challenging, interestingly diverse program May 12.. For the second spring, the choristers returned to the acoustically excellent Annapolis Area Christian School's Kerr Center for the Arts in Severn. Again this spring it welcomed the school's Madrigal Singers, who opened the program with delightful a cappella renditions of French Renaissance madrigals: "Il est Bel et Bon" ("He is Handsome and Good")
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
The release of a video that appears to show Ravens star Ray Rice delivering a vicious punch to his then-fiance Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator doesn't tell us anything we didn't think we already knew, but it makes the NFL look even worse for the way it handled the aftermath of the incident. Commissioner Roger Goodell has already admitted that he "didn't get it right" when he levied only a two-game suspension on Rice after his arrest, but this just shows everyone how wrong he got it. The NFL has said that league officials didn't see this part of the hotel security video before making a final determination on disciplinary action, which means that the decision was made based on the adjudication of the charge and the outcome of a meeting in which Ray and Janay Rice explained themselves to Goodell.
NEWS
March 23, 1994
As politicians have been busy this year proposing and pondering tough new ways to fight crime, they have not ignored juvenile offenders, particularly those who commit felonies. But what to do with the thousands of youths each year who get caught in minor infractions that could be the first steps toward more serious criminal activity? Fortunately for Howard County families, the local police department offers the "Diversion" program in which first-time juvenile offenders can sidestep the usual criminal justice track while atoning and taking responsibility for their misdeeds.
SPORTS
By HEATHER A. DINICH and HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER | October 19, 2005
Upper Marlboro -- All charges have been dropped against Maryland basketball guard Chris McCray, who was arrested in College Park in late August after allegedly refusing to leave the scene of a fight, officials at the Prince George's County state's attorney's office said yesterday. His court date of Nov. 21, which conflicted with Maryland's game against Gonzaga in the opening round of the Maui Invitational, is no longer an issue, and McCray can make the trip. McCray, who was charged with resisting arrest and two other misdemeanor counts, completed 20 hours of community service during the third week of September as part of a diversion program.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | May 28, 2005
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - About 17 years ago, a frustrated race driver named Janet Guthrie said this during a preseason Winston Cup media tour: "Do you realize that Winston Cup racing and Indy Car racing are the only top-level major sports in this country that meet the Aryan Nation's exclusively white and male laws? "If you think there is an absence of women and blacks in the top echelons of racing because there is an absence of women and blacks with talent, you better re-examine your thinking.
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