The ACLU of Maryland supports HB 846 / SB 249, which would bring Maryland into line with other states by giving the final say on parole for individuals serving parole-eligible life sentences with the Parole Commission.  Currently, Maryland is one of only three states in the country that adds an additional political step, requiring the Governor to personally approve parole for any individual serving a parole-eligible life sentence. Ever since the 1990s, Maryland Governors have essentially refused to parole lifers regardless of individual merit and despite the fact that these individuals were sentenced with an understanding that, if they earned it, they would have a meaningful chance to live outside prison walls. 




Delegate Queen, Senator Kelley


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