The Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and the House Judiciary Committee recently held hearings on a bill to eliminate Juvenile Life Without Parole. ACY supports these bills in accordance with our opposition to extremely long prison sentences for persons convicted for acts done under the age of 18.
You can read ACY’s Youth Justice Policy Director Rais Akbar’s testimony here. It was submitted to the House, but as the bills in both chambers are identical, so is the testimony,
You can read more about our position on juvenile life without parole (JWLOP) on our policy priorities page.