Taking politics out of parole

A bill to relieve the governor of a role in the process

Maryland is one of only three states — the others being California and Oklahoma — whose governors have the power to reject recommendations that lifers be released from prison. If the Maryland Parole Commission conducts a hearing and concludes that an inmate serving a life sentence no longer poses a threat to the public, the governor, if so inclined, can dismiss the commission's opinion. It doesn't matter if the inmate has served two, three, even four ... Full Story »

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by Mary Hartney - Jan. 29, 2011

The columnist lays out the issue with plenty of context and makes his argument well. Dan is particularly good on this topic; he's been studying and writing about it for years and his knowledge shows.

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