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Removing Maryland’s Governor From The Parole Process

Maryland's Governor Larry Hogan opposes a bill which takes parole decisions for life-sentenced inmates away from the Governor and places it in the hands of the parole board. Inmates in Maryland convicted of life sentences with the possibility of parole had the understanding – along with the judges, defense attorneys and prosecutors – that they would one day have the opportunity for release if the served substantial amount of time and no longer pose a danger to society. More than 2,500 Maryland inmates serve life sentences are now eligible for more »

Two Top Officials of Iowa’s Board of Parole Leave Office

  Two veteran officials of the Iowa Board of Parole have resigned amid controversy. Charles Key Jr., 57, the Board of Parole's Executive Director reported he retired under duress last week after serving 13 years on the board.  He stated he found the management style of Chairwoman Doris Kelley to be "condescending" and he was concerned about a provision in an Iowa Senate budget bill that would abolish his position. Elizabeth Robinson, 59, former Board of Parole's deputy chairwoman, reported leaving her position due to chronic health problems which became more »

Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell Leads Way in Restoring Ex-Cons’ Rights

In the first two years of his term Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has restored the voting rights of more than 2,500 ex-convicts. That’s more than half of all governors combined in the last twenty years.