Maryland Governor Orders Early Release Of Inmates To Stem Spread Of Coronavirus

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan takes his mask off as he arrives for a press conference to address COVID-19 concerns in Annapolis, the state capital, on Tuesday.

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With a national surge in newly confirmed coronavirus cases, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has issued an executive order allowing some inmates to be released early from the state’s correctional facilities to help stem the pandemic among both prisoners and prison employees. The order comes as the Republican governor also issued new statewide restrictions for the general population. Under the governor’s order, inmates eligible for early release or home detention include those whose prison term is set to expire within the next four months and are not serving time for a violent or sexual offense. An inmate’s medical condition and whether they are pregnant or have other special needs will be also taken into consideration in determining eligibility. Inmates 60 and older with good behavior will be eligible for an accelerated consideration of parole, according to the order. Prior to the inmate’s early release, he or she will be evaluated for …

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