Sunday, March 14, 2010

Maryland: Life Means Life

Dan Rodricks of the Baltimore Sun has written an interesting piece entitled, The Sorry Legacy of Life Means Life'. Rodricks notes that it was Governor Parris Glendening (D) who, fifteen years ago, dropped the phrase ("life means life") and announced that he announced that he would never approve parole for inmates serving life terms.Today, there are more than 2,300 Maryland inmates serving life sentences. Glendening's Republican successor, Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. worked with a ten-member, appointed, parole commission, but granted only a handful of paroles to lifers. Then came Martin O'Malley (D), who effectively restored the Glendening policy.

One solution, suggested by two Baltimore legislators, is to remove the governor from the parole system -- and "take politics out of this process." They have proposed legislation would put the power to approve or deny parole with the parole commission. See full story here.

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