ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — For the first time in 24 years, individuals sentenced to life in a correctional facility for crimes they committed before turning 18 are being paroled by a Maryland governor.
This shift in policy for juvenile lifers by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is unprecedented in the state's recent history.
Hogan's decision to implement parole for juvenile lifers comes after 24 years of rejections for this group by the previous three governors, a trend that started with Gov. Parris Glendening in 1995.