Maryland org. files lawsuit to release prisoners amid Coronavirus pandemic
SALISBURY, Md. – A Maryland organization says Governor Larry Hogan isn’t doing enough when it comes to releasing inmates throughout the state during the coronavirus pandemic, and now they’ve filed a lawsuit to make their voices heard.
Life After Release filed the lawsuit in Prince George’s County, but says the issue impacts inmates across the state.
Qiana Johnson, the Executive Director of the organization, says Governor Hogan’s recent executive order aimed at releasing inmates only benefits non-violent offenders.
She says classifying who gets released based on that is not helpful.
“Not every violent offender has committed a violent offense, so I just want to be clear that you have individuals who may be locked up on drug related charges, who the state has deemed as a violent offense and they never touched anyone,” Johnson said.
Johnson says now, Life After Release is waiting for the court to make a move in the lawsuit.