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Maryland high court defers to legislature, rejects rule to reduce youthful offenders’ sentences (access required)

Maryland’s top court rejected a proposal to give circuit court judges discretion to reduce the life sentences of convicts who committed their crimes before age 25 and who have served at least 24 years in prison.

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Maryland high court rejects rule to reduce young adult offenders’ sentences (access required)

Maryland’s top court on Monday returned to the state judiciary’s rules committee a proposal to give circuit court judges discretion to reduce the life sentences of convicts who committed their crimes before reaching age 25 and who have served at ...

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Md. Senate preliminarily OKs ban on juvenile life without parole (access required)

The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday to legislation that would prohibit murderers and rapists from being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole if they were juveniles when they killed or raped. The Senate could vote ...

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Md. high court applies juvenile life-sentence decision (access required)

Maryland’s top court Wednesday put to work its landmark August decision upholding the constitutionality of life sentences for juvenile offenders as it agreed to hear three convicted lifers’ appeals but then summarily affirmed their punishments.

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Bill to strip Md. governor of final parole decision gets House hearing (access required)

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland governors must be stripped of the final say in parole decisions for life-sentenced inmates because the perceived political consequences of releasing a convicted killer has and will continue to make denial of release virtually certain in all ...

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