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Community Town Hall in Harlem Park

Due to recent concerns and inquiries that we have received from the community regarding recent police activity in Harlem Park, we will be holding a Town Hall meeting to introduce the community to the new Civilian Review Board and explain the CRB process. 

Thursday, November 30th


Metropolitan United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall 

1121 W Lanvale St

Baltimore, MD 21217


Civil Rights Breakfast FLyer

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. 



 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


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. 

Community Events and Promotions

MTA Bus Advertisements - Summer 2016

Bus Advertisements

Baltimore City Regional NACOLE Conference - October 14, 2016


Director Brown addresses the conference attendees with:

Tara Huffman, Director, Criminal & Juvenile Justice Program, OSI-Baltimore

Brian Corr, President, NACOLE & Executive Secretary, Police Review and Advisory Board, Cambridge, MA


Conference Moderator and Panelists ( From L to R) - Best practices in Strengthening Civilian Oversight: Lessons Learned During Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements

Susan Huston, Independent Police Monitor, Office of the Independent Police Monitor, New Orleans, LA

Richard Jerome, Deputy Monitor, NYPD Stop and Frisk Case, New York, NY

Pierce Murphy, Director, Office of Police Accountability, Seattle, WA

Moderator: Delegate Antonio Hayes, 40th District, Maryland House of Delegates, Baltimore, MD


Conference Moderator and Panelists ( From L to R) - Overview of Police Accountability and the Importance of Civilian Oversight

Rob Davis, Chief Social Scientist, Police Foundation, Washington, DC

Ursula Price, Deputy Monitor, Office of the Independent Police Monitor, New Orleans, LA

Sonia Kumar, Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union, Baltimore, MD

Margo Frasier, Police Monitor, Office of the Police Monitor, Austin, TX

Moderator: Tara Huffman, Director, Criminal & Juvenile Justice Program, OSI- Baltimore, Baltimore, MD


Conference attendees


Brown bag lunch with the topic of "the hiring of ex-offenders in Baltimore City" - November 16, 2016

Brown Bag Lunch


Diamond Evening Reception- November 29, 2016

CRC 60th Anniversary Highlights


DER 11/29/16

Past and Present CRC Commissioners (L to R): Victor Clark Jr., Richard Hollander, Syeetah Hampton - El, Reverend Todd Yeary, and Steve Ruckman

DER 11/29/16

We were honored to have so many distinguished guests attend our reception.

DER 11/29/16

Director Brown and Former Director Alvin O. Gilliard as he accepted his certificate of recognition from the Mayor for his dedicated service to the Community Relations Commission.

DER 11/29/16

The sisters of former longstanding Commissioner Lillian Jones- Cuffie accept her certificate of recognition from the Mayor.

DER 11/29/16

Director Brown and CRC Supervisor Susan Randall as she accepted her certificate of recognition from the Mayor for her dedicated service to the Community Relations Commission.

DER 11/29/16

Jackie Caldwell addressed the crowd after accepting her certificate of recognition for being a strong ally in the fight for justice from the Mayor.


DER 11/29/16

Director Brown and City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young.


Brown Bag lunch with the topic of "discrimination in the workplace" - December 9, 2016Brown Bag Lunch


OCRWE in the News

Maryland Morning- WYPR - May 27, 2016

Marc Steiner Show - June 29, 2016

Hip Hop Chronicles

WEAA 88.9 Hip Hop Chronicles with DJ Mike Nyce - June 29, 2016


Ban The Box Paper Press

PDF icon CityPaper- CRB Article.pdf

FOX45 - September 15, 2016

WYPR- ALL THINGS CONSIDERED - September 30, 2016

WBAL11 -October 14, 2016

Huffington Post - October 14, 2016

Sun artcle - October 29, 2016