Unger v. Maryland Four Years Later
- John and Frances Angelos Law Center
- 12th Floor
Unger v. Maryland Four Years Later: Implications for Criminal Justice Reform
In the 2012 Unger v. State decision, the Maryland Court of Appeals recognized that an instruction long provided by Maryland judges to juries was structurally flawed and fundamentally unfair.
As a result, more than 130 prisoners serving life sentences for violent crimes were freed on probation. Thanks to the collaboration of social workers, lawyers and others, these “Ungers” received social services and other re-entry support.
A screening of a CBS News story, “The Ungers: Righting a Miscarriage of Justice,” will kick off an afternoon program that also will feature a panel discussion about criminal justice reform and, in particular, a bill before the 2018 Maryland General Assembly that would remove the governor from the parole process.
Manager, Law & Social Work Service Program
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Chief Counsel, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Office
Maryland Justice Project and one of the “Ungers”
Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative
Appellate Division, Office of the Public Defender.
Scott D. Shellenberger
State's Attorney, Baltimore County
Professor of Law and Director of the Juvenile Justice Project
University of Baltimore School of Law
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- Shavaun O'Brien
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