Maryland’s General Assembly passed policy Monday night to remove the governor from the parole process for people serving life sentences, which many advocates say will depoliticize the process. The bill, sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Delores G. Kelley (D-Baltimore County), is now in the hands of Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R). Several iterations of this legislation have cycled through the General Assembly for years. Currently, Maryland is one of three states to require its governor to approve parole recommendations before people serving life sentences can be conditionally released. The change would go into effect in October, if Hogan signs the bill or lets it be enacted without his signature. That would leave Arkansas and Hawaii as the last states to involve the governor in such decisions.
Legislature Votes to Remove Governor From the Parole Process
April 13, 2021