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Data reveals racial disparity in drug arrests

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland recently released a report with an analysis of all marijuana arrests in each county. By utilizing FBI and census data, the report shows that the number of arrests for marijuana possession in Maryland has increased by 24 percent from 2001 to 2010. There was also a racial component to this analysis of drug charges. According to the data, Maryland has one of the highest arrest rates for marijuana possession in the country.

Warrant sweep in Prince George's County

Over the past three months, the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office has been conducting a sweep through the county in order to collect on existing warrants. In total, the sweep resulted in 596 arrests. Out of that, 160 warrants applied to offenders who are already jailed. Although this is a great move in order to prevent people from reoffending, there are numerous criminal defense concerns.

Maryland man faces drug charges

A Preston man was arrested earlier this month and immediately had his name printed in the news articles about the event. He was pulled over for speeding when the police officer became suspicious of an odor coming from the man's vehicle. Already under suspicion of being intoxicated, the police also found a small amount of what they believe to be marijuana in the car. The man is now facing drug possession charges, as well as DWI and speeding charges.

Ex-offender program approved of by Attorney General Holder

Maryland residents may be interested to note that Attorney General Eric Holder, the top law enforcement officer in the government, has taken a special interest in the lives of ex-offenders this week. In August, Holder launched a new program called "Smart on Crime," meant to ease the long-term consequences of those convicted of crimes. A decrease of long prison sentences for some drug crimes and a program to allow for the release of elderly prisoners are among the aims of the program.

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