It’s time Maryland reformed bail system
Its no wonder that Michael Hough rejects efforts to reform the bail system in Maryland (“Leave Md. bail system alone,” Nov. 8). Mr. Hough is a former staff member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which represents conservative freemarket thinking. Mr. Hough’s district is largely white; it doesn’t face the issues that Baltimore City and other large areas face. The U.S and the Philippines are the only countries with a private bail industry. It’s time that Maryland joined other states like Hawaii that have reformed criminal justice along progressive lines. State lawmakers need to understand that it’s most likely unconstitutional to deny bail to someone who can’t afford it — a position argued by the U.S. Department of Justice recently. Mr. Hough’s colleagues at ALEC don’t need a place at the bail reform table in Maryland.