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Criminal Justice Commission Records

Identifier: R0028-CJ

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of reference files dated 1820-1973 originally established for use by the Criminal Justice Commission in Baltimore, Maryland. Materials include reports, news clippings, studies, conference proceedings, jury reports, and manuscript material related to the mission of the organization and its operation. Materials are mainly textual, but also present are microfilm records. Subjects of note include Baltimore police activities, crime activities and statistics, the 1968 riots in Baltimore, bail bonds, and other topics related to criminal justice.


  • 1820-1973
  • 1947 - 1970


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Historical Note

Originally chartered in 1922 as the Baltimore Criminal Justice Commission, this group was formed through efforts of citizens and groups of civic, business, and professional organizations in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1922 the Baltimore Criminal Justice Commission, consisting of a board of directors and an executive committee, began it's activities including surveying the courts, prisons, parole system, and other social and economic issues related to crime in Baltimore. The Commission's goal in 1922 was to make recommendations regarding crime prevention. Over the years the group advocated for improved street lighting, bail bond regulations, the city police cadet academy, prison conditions reform, improved parole systems, and other issues. In 1965, the group name was changed to Criminal Justice Commission. In 1970, it became the Mayor's Committee on Criminal Justice.

[Information for this historical note was gathered from previous collection description and from a 1922 article in the Baltimore Sun, a 1966 article in the Baltimore Sun, and a 1971 article in the Baltimore Sun.]


82.00 Linear Feet (91 containers)


Collection is arranged in three series:

  • General Files, 1820-1984
  • Reports and Publications, 1932-1972
  • Microfilm Records, 1920-1964

Custodial History

The records of the Criminal Justice Commission were deposited at the University's Baltimore Regional Institutional Studies Center in two accessions in 1970 and 1977.

Accessing Digital Copies

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Finding aid for the Criminal Justice Commission Records
Finding aid created by Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (May 2020).
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Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Studies Archives Repository

H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA