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Maryland's Outside Connection

Sample Letter for MRJI Campaign/Email Addresses
Phase II
Newsletter - September 2008 - #1
Newsletter - June 2008
Maryland's Outside Connection Newsletter
Families Against Injustice
Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative
Maryland Congressional Black Caucus
Sample Letter for Inmates
Phase III - MRJI
Sample Letter for MRJI Campaign/Email Addresses

Form Letter:

Dear Senator, Delegate,



I am a family member, loved one, and concerned citizen of an incarcerated individual in Maryland ’s prisons. In 1993, following the tragic murder suicide of an individual in the work release, prerelease system, all persons serving parole eligible life sentences were removed from those programs and returned to medium security prisons. The rationale was to evaluate those individual in the programs, and return those deemed qualified to continue in the programs. (There were 134 lifers in those programs.) To date that has not happened, because in 1995, newly elected Governor, Glendening’s decided that life means life, and that he would not consider releasing anyone unless they were terminally ill, or very old. Subsequent administrations have adopted his policy.


In 1993 there were over 1700 persons serving parole eligible life sentences, to day, as of July 2008, there are over 2,328, 53 are women. And, Africans Americans are represented disproportionably among this group, more then two thirds. In 1995, when Governor Glendening’s took office, 13 individuals were recommended for parole 2 were approved, one for medical reasons, and the other for commutation. In 1996, 1 person was recommended and approved for medial reasons. There were no recommendations in 1997. In 1998, 7 lifers were recommended, 2 were approved for medical reasons. In 1999 1 lifer was recommended for medical reasons, but was denied. In 2000, 4 lifers were recommended, all were denied... 1n 2001, 3 were recommended, all denied. In 2002, 5 were recommended, 1 was approved for medical reasons. In 2003, during Governor Ehrlich’s administration, 4 were recommended, 2 were approved for commutation of sentences, 45 and 60 years respectively. In 2004, 16 were recommended, 4 were approved, one for medical, the others commuted to 45, 50, and 65 years. In 2005, 6 were recommended, all were denied. In 2006, 4 were recommended, all denied. 1n 2007 through 2008, doing current Governor O’Malley’s administration there has been no recommendation, nor commutations.


Prior to the 1993 removal of lifers from the prerelease system, individuals serving parole eligible life sentences started their sentence in maximum security, progressed to medium, minimum, prerelease, work release, family leaves, and eventually to parole and release. They are now warehoused in medium security institutions without any hope of ever being released.


As a family member, loved one, and concerned citizen I support serious consideration of policy changes, and if need be, changes in the law to reflect a more sensible criminal justice policy. I support the advocacy of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, seeking objectivity in the process. The ask is: after an individual has served 20 years of a current sentence; received a recommendation from the parole board, and favorable evaluation from the Patuxent Institution, they appear before a three Judge  panel for consideration of release.


Thank you for your time and kind consideration of this issue.


E-mail Addresses

Senate Judiciary committee;;;;;;;;;;;




House Judiciary Committee;;;;;;;;;  (Kevin Kelly need e-mail);;;;;;  (Christopher B. Shank need e-mail);;;;




Maryland Black Caucus;;;;;;;;;;; ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;


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