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Parole & Probation Archives

Maryland court commissioners setting bail?

It has been claimed that Maryland court commissioners wield a great deal of power in the criminal court system of our state. Concerning defendants that are taken into custody just before or during a weekend, it is often the court commissioner that ultimately sets the bail for individuals arrested.

Individual paroled after 36 years

A man convicted of murder and who had served 36 years in prison will now be released from prison. This individual was granted parole with the support of the prosecutor, who was originally responsible for charging him with the crime, and the current district attorney.

U.S. Supreme court rules on juveniles and life without parole

In a ruling that will have ramifications for the juvenile criminal system in Maryland, the United States Supreme Court abolished any mandatory life sentences for juveniles without parole. However, individual judges could still sentence a juvenile to life without parole in individual cases, but state and federal laws could not be used to automatically hand down such a sentence.

Juvenile offenders and their educational needs

When young people are on probation or paroled from a penal institution, one of the greatest challenges they face are gaps in their education that will prevent them from obtaining meaningful employment. Schools are absolutely essential in making certain that such gaps can be mended.

Woman sentenced for forgery

The assumption is often made that individuals on probation are not really facing any criminal penalties for the acts that they've allegedly committed. Yet individuals on probation generally face or have served imprisonment, are subject to various fines and are sometimes required to pay restitution to victims of crimes.

Proposed changes to Maryland parole and probation laws

Politicians in Maryland seem to understand that supervised parole and probation is expensive. State Senator Christopher B. Shank has proposed a bill allowing for "earned compliance credits" for what are considered low-risk offenders.

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