Mandala Enterprise Corporation is a conglomerate of projects and programs. The Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative is its primary focus. However, the youth program, speaking engagements, book sales (Mandela Conquers the Cut), and other projects are all under its umbrella.

Legislative Watch:
 
Legislative Update:

Our marching orders leading up to the 2013 general assembly session is a letter writing campaign. You, your family members, and friends should contact the following people seeking their support to remove politics from the parole process in Maryland. Specifically for those convicted and sentences as juveniles, and those convicted under the felony murder statute. You, and your family members and friends should also contact your respective representatives, as constituents seeking their support as well. Listed below are people who have supported our position in the past, the Senate and House committee’s that will consider a change in the current policy, and this year’s Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc.

Each institutional lifer’s coordinator should create a form letter to send, and you can also create one of your own to circulate. In light of the recent Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama, the court recognized the inherent miscarriage of justice of sentencing juveniles to life without parole, we applaud their wisdom, but we also believe that all parole eligible lifers’ deserves an equal opportunity of regaining their freedom.

Senator Nathaniel J. McFadden,
District 45, Baltimore City
Miller Senate Office Building
Room 422
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
410-841-3165, 301-858-3165
410-841-3138, 301-858-3138 FAX
mailto:nathaniel.mcfadden@senate.state.md.us

Senator LISA A. GLADDEN

Democrat, District 41, Baltimore City

Annapolis office: 2 East Miller Senate Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401; phone: 410-841-3697 or 1-800-492-7122 (toll free). E-mail: lisa.gladden@senate.state.md.us

Judicial Proceedings Committee (JPR)

2 East, Miller Senate Building, Annapolis, MD 21401

(410-841-3623 Annapolis/Baltimore or 301-858-3623 Washington, D.C.)

Chair: Brian E. Frosh

Vice Chair: Lisa A. Gladden

James Brochin Jamie Raskin

Joseph M. Getty Christopher B. Shank

Jennie M. Forehand Norman R. Stone, Jr.

Nancy Jacobs Bobby Zirkin

Victor Ramirez

CURT ANDERSON, Chair, Baltimore

City House Delegation.

Democrat, District 43, Baltimore City

Annapolis office: 314 House Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401-1912; phone:

410-841-3291 or 1-800-492-7122 (toll free). E-mail: curt.anderson@house.state.md.us

Judiciary Committee (JUD)

Room 101, House Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401-1912

(410-841-3488 Annapolis/Baltimore or 301-858-3488 Washington, D.C.)

Chair: Joseph F. Vallario, Jr.

Vice Chair: Kathleen M. Dumais

Tiffany S. Alston Susan C. Lee

Curt Anderson Susan K. McComas

Sam Arora Michael A. McDermott

Jill P. Carter Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr.

Luke H. Clippinger, Jr. Neil C. Parrott

John W. E. Cluster, Jr. Luiz R. S. Simmons

Frank M. Conaway, Jr. Michael D. Smigiel, Sr.

Don Dwyer, Jr. Kris Valderrama

Michael J. Hough Geraldine Valentino-Smith

Kevin Kelly Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher

AISHA N. BRAVEBOY, Chair, Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc

Democrat, District 25, Prince George’s County

Annapolis office: 209 House Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401-1912;

phone: 301-858-3707 or 1-800-492-7122 (toll free). E-mail:

aisha.braveboy@house.state.md.us

We were paying attention to two bills in Annapolis this year: Senate Bill 492, and Senate Bill 584.

  • S.B. 492 focuses on parole for inmates who were not a principal in the first degree to the crime. It is sponsored by Sen. Lisa Gladden. S.B. 584 focuses on parole approval for inmates whose acts were committed when they were under 18. It is sponsored by Sen. Nathaniel McFadden.
  • Unfortunately neither of the bills we advoacted for passed.

Watch this space for updates, and you can click on the bill numbers to check on the status of the legislation.

 

Maryland is moving away from the Supreme Court on issue of juvenile parole

For many juveniles in Maryland, parole is out of reach

Maryland is moving away from the Supreme Court on issue of juvenile parole

 By Walter Lomax

8:00 a.m. EDT, July 22, 2012

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life without parole for juvenile offenders violates the U.S. Constitution's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

The court cited the developmental differences between...

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MARYLAND ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON RACIAL DISPARITIES IN MARYLAND INCARCERATION RATES.

We attended a briefing in Annapolis June 5 hosted by the Maryland Advisory Committee ON Racial Disparities in Maryland Incarceration Rates.

Personally, I would suffice it to say; anyone who doesn’t know that racial disparities exist in the criminal justice system, in Maryland, and the rest of the country is similar to the ostrich when sticking their head in the ground believes that...

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Washington Post Op-ed

That Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is considering commuting the prison
sentences of two people serving parole-eligible life
sentences in Maryland suggests that grass-roots efforts to reform the laws
governing these sentences are having an impact.
But the release of Tamara Settle and Mark Farley Grant would do nothing to
address the larger issue that keeps the other...

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