Criminal Justice

The ACLU of Maryland seeks an end both to the death penalty and to excessively harsh crime policies that result in mass incarceration and stand in the way of a just and equal society. Maryland’s incarceration rate has tripled since 1980, disproportionately affecting communities of color and wasting staggering amounts of precious resources that could be used for educating our youth and improving our communities. We oppose unnecessarily locking people up and favor cost-effective alternatives at the local and state level. 

Recent Activity - Legal cases

Juvenile Curfew

Legal case, May 15, 2014

Extreme, far-reaching juvenile curfew in Baltimore City


Wrongful Nuisance Abatement Actions in Hyattsville

Legal case, December 18, 2013

Prince George's County State's Attorney wrongfully forced two women to sign “nuisance abatement” orders banishing their family members from their own homes and the neighborhood in which they had grown up. The ACLU is urging the prosecutor to dissolve the orders and call off longstanding harassment by police claiming to enforce the orders so the families can be reunited without fear that they will be arrested or that they could lose the homes they own.


Private Prosecution Programs

Legal case, January 14, 2013

ACLU Questions State’s Attorneys About Authorizing Private Companies to Threaten Prosecution For Profit


Illegal Arrests Lawsuit Against Baltimore Police Department

Legal case, April 26, 2012

ACLU works to ensure that reforms are fully implemented in the Baltimore City Police Department