Office of Civil Rights


2017 Office of Civil Rights Scholarships

We are proud to announce that we will be awarding two scholarships to a 5th grader and a high school student from Baltimore City Public Schools (including Charter Schools) who exemplify community involvement, leadership, and passion for civil rights. Please apply by filling out the application and submitting it to [email protected] by Monday, September 11th at 5pm. Please see application for details. 


2017 Civil Rights Breakfast FLyer      



 Consent Decree Community Forums                                                                         

The Mayor's Office has completed their selection process for the Community Oversight Task Force. For more information about the Community Oversight Task Force, 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. 


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. 


Click here to read more.

DOJ Report


Check out the Office of Civil Rights press mentions here.

HB1390/SB0880: Legislation to Reform the Bail System

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

HB694/SB543 : Legislation to Ban the Box on College Applications

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