Governor Larry Hogan Issues Executive Order on Juvenile Offenders Serving Life Sentences

February 12, 2018

Order Codifies Administration Practice Ensuring Meaningful Opportunity for Release

Governor Larry HoganGovernor Larry Hogan today signed Executive Order 01.01.2018.06, which confirms and requires that the governor weigh certain factors when considering a decision regarding parole for a juvenile offender serving a life sentence to ensure that these offenders have a meaningful opportunity for release.

“Since taking office, our administration has sought to bring balance to Maryland’s criminal justice system, which includes offering individuals who have paid their debt to society a second chance to live productive lives,” said Governor Hogan. “The policies that we have been following, which are now made law through this executive order, will help us achieve a proper balance between public safety and our administration’s goal of helping ex-offenders successfully reenter the community.”

Specifically, the order requires that the governor consider the juvenile’s age at the time of the crime and the lesser culpability of juvenile offenders compared to adult offenders. The order also requires that an offender’s demonstrated maturity and rehabilitation since the crime be considered when deciding whether to approve or disapprove a Maryland Parole Commission parole recommendation for a juvenile serving a life sentence.

Further, in order to ensure that parole considerations by the governor are consistent and structured, the order also requires the governor to consider the same factors that the Parole Commission considers for all individuals serving life sentences. If the governor disapproves parole for an inmate serving a life sentence, he will issue a written decision to the Maryland Parole Commission confirming that all of the required considerations were weighed.

This order codifies current Hogan administration practice for parole considerations. Since taking office in January 2015, the Hogan administration has paroled two individuals with life sentences and commuted seven others with life sentences.

16 Responses to Governor Larry Hogan Issues Executive Order on Juvenile Offenders Serving Life Sentences

  1. Anonymous on February 12, 2018 at 8:53 am

    I don’t give a flying F*** what their age is. If a person kills someone in cold blood they deserve to be killed. If Hogan wants to overhaul the justice system he should start be giving murderers 2 years of appeals then immediate execution on the 2 year anniversary of their conviction. A murderer never fully pays his debt to society until he takes his last breath.

    • Political Stupidity on February 12, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      EXACTLY. I like sound thinking! Stop feeding the diseased animals that are killing us.

      Why is this governor acting like a democrat?

      I guess the system wants to be sure the young murderers have enough time to commit several more offenses in their life before they die.

  2. scott cordier on February 12, 2018 at 11:11 am

    B.S. You do the crime you do the TIME. Age has nothing to do with it. Live means Live….Period.

  3. Anonymous on February 12, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    I guess he has to save tax dollars from somewhere to support the drug addicts.

  4. Anonymous on February 12, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    You will never be re-elected! What are you going to do for the families that have to deal with these tragedies for life?

  5. Joe on February 13, 2018 at 6:42 am

    Hogan had a lot of support from 2nd Amendment proponents. I think he’s conveniently forgotten that as Dems push for more gun control and Maryland still refuses to issue Concealed Carry Permits to law-abiding citizens. Seems like he’s okay with making things better for the predators while the victims continue to suffer.

  6. Linda on February 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Every life sentence case needs to be reviewed for reconsideration regardless of AGE. There are many people who have been wrongfully convicted of a crime, who are currently sitting in our prisons because the jury did not do their job.

    • Hogan's Heros on February 15, 2018 at 8:19 am

      So you’re wanting a band-aid that mandated to assume that the system is broke.

      There may be a few innocent people imprisoned – and that is bad. But in today’s environment of everyone being a victim and no one is to blame – Those rare, few cases are NOWHERE NEAR the typical.

      When vicious violet crimes are committed, age should NOT defer the punishment deserved.
      This error is what is caused the revolving doors that inflict the tragic deaths of family members over and over again because the criminals weren’t adequately removed from society the first time. Bleeding heart liberals with degrees but no common sense.

  7. Anonymous on February 13, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Ok, what about mission statements? Whats the purpose of incarceration?

  8. Anonymous on February 13, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    There may be people sitting in prison for crimes they did not commit, but out of all those people, had they not been hanging at the wrong place, they would not been incremenated. So still guilty, because the didnt care enough not to put themselves under the radar to begin with. My opinion, tax payers are paying for people to live free in jail. Free education, free room and board, free gyms, and they can even get paid while working in the jail. How is that punishment for murderers? ANYONE THAT KILLS A PERSON, ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE VICTIMS FAMILY, SHOULD HAVE ALL RIGHTS TO SHOOT THE CHARGED WITH MURDER PERSON IN THE HEAD, AND NOT FEEL GUITLY BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT JUSTICE SHOULD BE. It should not be, live free in jail on tax payers money.

    • See it and Understand on February 15, 2018 at 8:24 am

      Yes – but forget that.

      No justice on the earth.

      • Anonymous on February 16, 2018 at 6:23 pm

        U are absolutely correct about no justice on earth. Our government is a business. The justice system is backwards sonthey

      • Anonymous on February 16, 2018 at 6:24 pm

        No justice on earth i agree with. How can we have justice, when we have a government that is a financial business. They arrest people drinking and driving, give them a slap on the wrist and let them go. Id u dont

      • Anonymous on February 16, 2018 at 6:32 pm

        No justice on earth, is correct. Our justice system is backwards. It’s based on our government out to make money for themselves. If someone gets arrested for dui, they get a slap on the wrist. If u forget to pay a speeding ticket, your license is automatically suspended, they dont tell u. If u get caught driving while suspended, your car is searched and u have a potential 5 years in jail. Why is it backwards? They are making more money off the speeder than the dui. The judicial system isn’t set up for the innocent, or to prove guilty. They just want Americans to think people care about them, WHEN THEY DON’T. Its set up so the government can try and succeed financially and make a dollar. If u think any government official cares about the American people, they dont. They care about money in their pockets.

  9. scott cordier on February 15, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Really, another case of letting SCUMBAGS back on the streets. If you got a LIFE SENTENCE, I don’t care what age you are. If you can do the crime…..DO THE TIME!!!!!!

  10. Anonymous on February 17, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    It would be nice if the League of women Voters asked, in its candidates survey, that should be given to Sheriff candidates, States Attorney candidates, Attorney General, Judges, Governor, what the purpose of incarceration is, and, would they be wiling to compose a purpose for incarceration, a mission statement, if elected? Good question, why haven’t those already elected composed a mission statement?