Youth Receiving Life Sentences and the Possibility for Parole
February 20, 2015
SB366/HB 337 Correctional Services – Sentencing Review and Parole Eligibility – Juvenile Offenders Sentenced as Adults authorizes parole eligibility for a person sentenced for an offense committed before the person’s 18th birthday under specified circumstances; authorizes a specified parole hearing date no later than every 3 years for an inmate not granted parole after becoming eligible; authorizes representation of counsel for a specified person under specified circumstances; etc.
Chris Wilson, the director of workforce development for Greater Homewood Community Corporation, wrote the OpEd that appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Allow Children Sentenced to Life a Second Chance.
March 13, 2015
Bill receives unfavorable report in the House and Senate committees and does not come to the floor for a floor vote.
Note: If you are interested in this topic, please register for our upcoming Distinguished Speaker Luncheon featuring Bryan Stevenson, human rights activist, lawyer and author of Just Mercy. Stevenson successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that life without the possibility of parole for children 17 or younger was unconstitutional.