Rodricks complains the current governor, Martin O'Malley (D) "apparently can't be bothered with requests for clemency." A recent study found 30 life sentences have been recommended for parole during O'Malley's term, but he has denied all requests. Rodericks writes:
That a substantive request for clemency could be subject to the political priorities and whims of any particular governor should trouble everyone with a functioning sense of justice. Political calculus has no place in a governor's exercise of his powers to grant clemency or to approve recommendations of parole from the commission entrusted to review requests.See complete article here.