As Keith Wallington and Walter Lomax write for the Baltimore Sun, the powers-that-be
in Maryland apparently want to save face when it comes to racial discrimination
in the Maryland criminal justice system, from traffic stops to drug offenses.
Despite a wide range of folks, from community representatives to scholars
to members of the public, among others, who came to Annapolis in June
to testify about racial disparities in the Maryland criminal justice system,
the Maryland State Advisory Committee wrapped up its term without issuing
so much as a report or one single recommendation as to how the problem
could be addressed.
The purpose of the State Advisory Committee, as Wallington and Lomax report,
is to advise the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
It’s not clear why the State Advisory Committee chose to take no
action after having heard the testimony of many, many different people
This, despite what Wallington and Lomax say is “plenty to report
about,” such as the Maryland mandatory sentencing laws, which end
up sentencing a disproportionate number of black men as opposed to white
men, both of whom are often convicted of the same types of drug crimes.