Well-intentioned Maryland program needs fixing

Since at least 1966, Maryland, like other states, has recognized the importance of inmates getting treatment for drug and alcohol addictions that may have pushed them into crime in the first place. But these programs, whose capacity has been expanded under Gov. Larry Hogan, were never intended to drastically curtail inmates’ sentences — let alone to be a shortcut back to the street for violent offenders. Yet the best-laid plans of governors and Maryland legislators — in this case Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and state legislators who almost unanimously passed a law he backed in 2004 — often go awry in courts. (Capital)

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