COVID-19 & Early Release for Maryland Inmates

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In order to combat the spread of COVID-19, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order on April 20, 2020, to grant early release to hundreds of inmates.

The order speeds up the release of the following:

  • Inmates who are over 60 years old and eligible for parole due to non-violent crime
  • Inmates who were scheduled to be released within the next four months
  • Inmates who are eligible for home detention

Over the past five weeks before Gov. Hogan issued the order, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has released over 2,000 prisoners. The estimates suggest nearly 800 inmates are eligible for early release.

Since May 7, three inmates from Maryland prisons have died from complications related to the coronavirus. The three inmates were in their 60s and suffered from underlying health conditions making them particularly vulnerable to the disease.

However, many prisoners who are eligible for early release still remain behind bars. Despite the new measures taken by the prison system to clean and disinfect facilities, as well as practice social distancing, the quality of healthcare draws several concerns, especially when it comes to the ability to see a doctor in a timely manner.

If you have a loved one who is in a Maryland prison and qualifies for early probational release, our Baltimore legal team at Owens & Kurz, LLC and provide experienced and effective legal solutions. We can thoroughly review your loved one’s case, file for early release on behalf of your family, and guide you through the complexities of the legal process.

Contact us today at (888) 570-4612 and schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options. Let 40+ years of collective experience fight for you.