Office of Civil Rights

CONSENT DECREE

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The Mayor's Office is now accepting applications for the Community Oversight Task Force, as part of the agreement reached in the Consent Decree. Community Oversight Task Force members review and make recommendations on the civilian oversight functions for Baltimore City. To learn more and apply, click here

On April 7, 2017 the Baltimore City Consent Decree was signed by Judge James K. Bredar. Click here to review the signed order. 

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On January 12, 2017 the City of Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) agreed on a court enforceable consent decree to make major reforms to the Baltimore Police Department based on the findings from the Department of Justice Report released on August 10, 2016. The Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement is grateful to Mayor Pugh and the DOJ for all of their hard work that led to the timely completion of this decree. Our Civilian Review Board is the only independent police oversight and accountability agency. As such, we understand that civilian oversight and police accountability are crucial in creating a safer Baltimore. We stand ready and eager to comply with this decree, and continue our work to improve police community relations and uphold justice for the people of Baltimore City. 

You can read the consent decree here. Portions applicable to the Civilian Review Board have been highlighted. 

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017 District Judge James Bredar will hold a hearing on the Baltimore City Consent Decree with Baltimore Officials and the U.S. Department of Justice to answer questions about the proposed reforms. Proposed reforms include increased civilian oversight, changes to officer training, and procedural changes in how officers interact with the public and exercise their authority. Once the judge rules in favor of these reforms, they will become court-enforceable. We look forward to the implementation of the reforms proposed in the consent decree, and are ready to work towards a safer city for everyone. 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE RELEASES INVESTIGATION OF THE BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT

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DOJ Report

PRESS

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OCRWE supports HB1390 and SB880 to reform the bail system in Maryland. Click here to read  our written testimony. 

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OCRWE supports HB694 and SB543 to ban the box on college applications. Click here to read our written testimony.