ACLU re­port high­lights lack of pa­role for ju­ve­nile ‘lif­ers’

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A new re­port from the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union says Mary­land is one of four states where more than 10 per­cent of pris­on­ers serv­ing pa­role-el­i­gi­ble life sen­tences were ju­ve­niles when they com­mit­ted their crime.

Cit­ing the re­port, The Daily Record of Bal­ti­more re­ported that none of the nearly 200 state of­fend­ers who fit that cat­e­gory has been ap­proved for re­lease in the last 20 years.

The ACLU filed a law­suit in April say­ing Mary­land’s pa­role sys­tem for ju­ve­niles is un­con­sti­tu­tional.

The U.S. Supreme Court has said manda­tory life-with­out-pa­role sen­tences for ju­ve­niles are al­most al­ways un­con­sti­tu­tional.

Mary­land doesn’t have manda­tory life-with­out-pa­role sen­tences, but the ACLU notes the lack of of­fend­ers who ac­tu­ally have been paroled.

The re­port says pa­role boards fo­cus on the of­fense’s se­ri­ous­ness rather than the larger con­text.

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