ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Larry Hogan has signed an executive order to expedite the release of hundreds of people imprisoned at state correctional institutions.
Hogan signed the order on Saturday, which speeds up the release of inmates who were already eligible to be released within the next four months and the processing of inmates eligible for home detention.
The order also states the Maryland Parole Commission to accelerate consideration of parole for inmates convicted of non-violent crimes who are older than 60, have a good record while incarcerated and an approved plan for re-entry to society.
Maryland Prison officials have said that the number of people with the coronavirus in their facilities is at 136, and that's people who are either serving time or work in the prisons. The largest number of cases is at the Jessup Correctional Institution with 40 and where an inmate, a man in his 60s, has died of the virus.
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, released a statement following Governor Hogan’s announcement, saying:
“This is a victory for public health, public safety, and common sense. We applaud the Governor for taking these important steps and are pleased to see him incorporate many of the recommendations we made in a proposal we sent around a month ago. We stand ready to work with his office on implementing his plan, and will continue to develop our own policies. These actions will prevent more deaths among incarcerated people, correctional staff, and Marylanders as a whole.”
You can read the full order below.