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 parole by obviating the political risk a governor would run by releasing a convicted killer, the measure’s supporters told the committee Wednesday. Politicians’ fear of making a career-killing move makes denial of parole virtually certain in all cases, the backers added.
Md. Senate panel hears bill to strip governor of parole decision
February 4, 2021