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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Md. juvenile lifers could be considered for minimum-security, work-release programs in policy shift

Maryland inmates who are serving parole-eligible life sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles may now be considered for minimum-security and pre-release facilities under a new state policy — which means they could be allowed to participate in work-release programs in the community.

Public Safety Secretary Stephen T. Moyer this month reversed rules that for two decades barred any Maryland lifer from being placed in a facility that is below medium-security.

The change comes in response to recent Supreme Court decisions on juvenile life sentences, according to a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The court has found that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.



Anonymous said...

Sounds good, let them work in Gun stores, Knife shops, Munition plants. Time to allow the Sex Offenders to teach school and drive school buses.

Anonymous said...

I don't suppose the perps committed any cruel & unusual punishment with their crimes...