MARYLAND BRIEFING

MARYLAND BRIEFING

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Pr. George's Truant Bill Pulled

A bill to establish a pilot program that would have subjected some truants in Prince George's County to electronic monitoring, including ankle bracelets, has been withdrawn by its sponsor.

Del. Doyle L. Niemann (D-Prince George's) said the county will be added to a bill to extend the truancy program used in Wicomico, Dorchester, Somerset and Worcester counties on the Eastern Shore.

Under the Niemann bill, schools would have filed complaints with the state's attorney's office. On the Eastern Shore, complaints are filed directly with the Circuit Court. The Eastern Shore program does not use electronic monitoring.

Niemann said the backlash against his bill had not caused him to withdraw it.

"That was a tempest in the teapot," he said. "Those who work in truancy on a regular basis didn't have the same degree of problem as those who look at if from an ivory tower."

-- Ovetta Wiggins

STATE PRISONS

Charges Filed in Attack on Guard

A 38-year-old convicted murderer has been charged with stabbing a correctional officer Friday in a maximum-security prison in Jessup, state officials said yesterday.

Richard Crawford, an inmate at the Maryland House of Correction, was charged in an attack on Edouardo Edouazin, Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said in a statement. Edouazin, who was stabbed seven times, was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and released over the weekend.


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