Criminal Law Program: Alternative Sentencing, Treatment and Diversion

October 15, 2014 was a cold and rainy day and the Orioles were fighting for survival in game four of the American League Championship against the Kansas City Royals. But at the same time die hard criminal defense attorneys with a thirst for knowledge met at the Baltimore County Court House for a discussion on Alternative Sentencing, Treatment Programs and the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office Diversion Program.

It was a very good turnout considering the events of the day. Richard Pokorny of the Baltimore County Detention Center led off the program. He clarified what Defendants are eligible and which Defendants are not eligible for home detention and what requirements needed to be met before a Defendant can be placed on home detention. Mr. Pokorny also spoke briefly on BCDC’s work release program.

 Next up was Danielle Winchester from ASAP Home Detention, Inc. ASAP is a private home monitoring company. Ms. Winchester spoke to the group about some of the new monitoring devises that ASAP is using. One such device is called a SCRAM monitoring bracelet. The SCRAM bracelet works the same as a home detention bracelet but also measure the alcohol in the sweat of the Defendant every 30 minutes.  

 In third position was Diana Covell from Gaudenzia Treatment Center. Ms. Covell explained the different treatment programs at Gaudenzia, from the 12 hour First Offenders DUI program to the 12 month inpatient residential program.

 And batting cleanup, ASA Tom Kane of the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office provided information on the new diversion program starting on November 1, 2014. The program had to be overhauled due to the new marijuana law which went into effect under SB 364 on October 1, 2014.

 The next program will be held November 19, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Mary Anne Berlin, Esquire will be speaking on immigration consequences on non-U.S. residents convicted of crimes.

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