J. MILLARD TAWES, Governor 2161
Columbia to construct Interstate Route 70S from downtown Wash-
ington northward to the Maryland line in order that the State of
Maryland may proceed with the construction of such route southward
to the District of Columbia line thus making possible the completion
of this much needed facility; and be it further
Resolved, That a copy of this Resolution be sent to the President
of the Senate of the United States, the Speaker of the House of Rep-
resentatives and to the United States Senators and members of the
House of Representatives from Maryland.
Approved May 6, 1963.
(Senate Joint Resolution 31)
Senate Joint Resolution requesting the Legislative Council to con-
tinue the appointment and the work of its special Committee on
During 1960, 1961, and 1962, the Legislative Council appointed a
special Committee on Prison Administration. The Committee has
worked diligently and effectively in studying the present problems
of prison administration in the State of Maryland. They have also
studied the prison systems of several other states.
On the basis of its studies in Maryland and elsewhere, the Com-
mittee proposed to the General Assembly of 1962 a comprehensive
organization of Maryland's prison system, which was enacted in
1962. However, since this law is not yet in operation, the Committee
has not had an opportunity to observe the effectiveness of this re-
organization in carrying out the Committee's aim in proposing the
law to re-orient prison administration in this State. The value of
the Committee's work to the General Assembly will be impeded unless
the Committee is given at this juncture an opportunity to determine
the effectiveness of the reorganization of Maryland's prison system.
In addition, there remain many continuing problems in Maryland's
prison administration. Essential among these is the need for in-
creased employment of inmates in correctional institutions and
camps in the State, and in relation thereto a study of sentencing
procedures, work-release and day-release work programs, and pay-
ment of wages to inmates.
Also, the explosive pressure of overcrowding in the present penal
institutions intensifies the problems concerning traffic in contraband,
and escapes, among others. Other matters which have been brought
to the Committee's attention and which require further study relate
to interstate and intrastate detainers and to grand juries.
The Committee recognizes that these are continuing problems
and that they deserve in the future the same careful scrutiny and
study that has been given during the past three years. The reap-
pointment of the Committee on Prison Administration would assure
continuing legislation and work on these problems; now, therefore,