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Jun 20, 2022

Defense lawyer proves what great-grandfather couldn’t for Black teen in 1930s

Today is Monday, the 47th anniversary of the release of the movie “Jaws.” Here are some other news items. — Defense attorney’s great-grandson wins posthumous exoneration of Black teenager executed for 1930 murder. — First Amendment challenge to high school’s ban on T-shirts displaying guns heads back to district court. — Japan requires spousal consent, [&h[...]

Apr 13, 2021

Legislators pass criminal justice reforms but not right to counsel

Spurred by the video-recorded slaying of an unarmed Black man and a global pandemic, a reform-minded 2021 General Assembly passed legislation on police and parole but fell short in efforts to provide low income tenants a right to counsel in eviction proceedings and having landlords underwrite the legal representation. In the session’s waning days, the […]

Mar 22, 2021

Md. Senate passes bill stripping governor of parole decision

The Maryland Senate on Monday approved legislation to strip the state’s governors of the final say in parole decisions for inmates sentenced to life with the possibility of parole. With the Democratic-led Senate’s largely party line 31-16 vote, the bill goes to the House of Delegates, where Democrats are also in the majority. Gov. Larry […]

Feb 3, 2021

Md. Senate panel hears bill to strip governor of parole decision

Maryland governors would be stripped of the final say in parole decisions for inmates sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after having served at least 17 years in prison under legislation being considered by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Senate Bill 202 is designed to ensure these inmates have a meaningful opportunity for […]

Mar 3, 2020

House panel hears bill to strip governor of parole decision

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland governors would be stripped of the final say in parole decisions for inmates sentenced to life with the possibility of parole who have served 20 years in prison under legislation being considered by the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 1219 is designed to ensure these inmates have a meaningful opportunity for parole […]

Jan 16, 2020

Juvenile justice, parole reform needed, analyst tells Senate panel

ANNAPOLIS — Juvenile justice and parole reform are needed to cure a Maryland prison system in which inmates are serving overly long sentences for crimes they committed as young adults, a justice policy analyst told a Senate panel Thursday. Marc Schindler, executive director of the Justice Policy Institute, pressed for raising the age of offenders […]

Feb 5, 2019

Senators weigh removing governor from the parole process

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland governors would be stripped of the final say in parole decisions for inmates sentenced to life who have served 30 years in prison, under legislation being considered by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Senate Bill 121 is designed to ensure due process for inmates by obviating the political risk a governor would […]

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