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Fiscal Cliff (2013)
Maryland makes minor lawbreakers pay twice
Maryland makes minor lawbreakers pay twice

Have you ever just messed up? I'm not talking about leaving your coffee on the roof of your car. I mean a major, life-altering mistake. Think fiscal cliff-level personal disaster. Now imagine paying for the mistake with jail time — then continuing to pay for the rest of your life by being shut out of every new opportunity to reestablish yourself. That's the life of Marylanders with prior misdemeanor convictions right now, and the General Assembly appears to want them to keep living their nightmares, while taxpayers foot the bill. When someone commits a misdemeanor, they spend anywhere between 24 hours to 12 months in jail. This is supposed to be the price they pay for...