An executive order issued by Governor Hogan is estimated to result in the early release of 700 inmates from prison and an additional 100 inmates onto parole.
Governor Hogan’s order accelerates the release of inmates in order to help stem the spread of COVID-19 behind the walls. The order speeds up the release of inmates that were already eligible for release within the next four months. It also speeds up the processing of inmates eligible for home detention or parole.
The Baltimore Sun reports:
The order also directs the Maryland Parole Commission to accelerate consideration of parole for inmates convicted of nonviolent crimes who are older than 60, have a good record while incarcerated, and have an approved plan for re-entry to society.
The order does not apply to inmates convicted of sexual offenses or those displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
From a local perspective, the article notes that 50-75 people have been released from Baltimore County’s jail, 40 people from Anne Arundel County’s jail, 45 people from Carroll County’s jail, and four from Howard County’s jail. Additionally, prosecutors in Baltimore City have recommended the release of 114 people awaiting trial and an additional 90 close to the end of their sentences.
For more information:
With coronavirus spreading, Maryland Gov. Hogan signs order for expedited release of hundreds of prisoners (The Baltimore Sun)
Executive Order (Governor of the State of Maryland)