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Taking Politics Out of Parole

Walter Lomax, who served almost 40 years for a wrongful conviction, founded the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative in order to work for parole reform.

Maryland is one of the only states in the county that permits a governor to reject or veto a parole commission’s recommendations.  We take another look at parole reform in this hour with Tessa Hill-Aston, president of Baltimore’s NAACP, and Walter Lomax, of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative (MRJI), who served 39 years in prison for a wrongful conviction. Here is a link to the report, "Still Blocking the Exit," written by the ACLU of Maryland and the MRJI.

Plus, how much is Maryland spending to incarcerate people from Baltimore City? Marc Schindler, from the Justice Policy Institute, shares new findings on how much is spent on incarcerating Baltimore residents. 

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This piece originally appeared on WYPR 88.1FM.

Follow Dan Rodricks on Twitter at @DanRodricks, Maureen Harvie at @Maureen_Harvie, Midday at @MiddayWYPR, and WYPR at @WYPR881FM.

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