Maryland Supreme Court May Challenge the State's Parole System
Date:  02-07-2018

Those under 18-years old who were sentenced to life seldom get parole
From The Washington Post:

Walter Irving Maddox was on the phone making New Year’s Eve plans when he heard a knock on the door of his secluded cottage steps from the creek where he’d spent decades hauling crabs. He laid the phone on a bed.

From the other end of the line, his girlfriend heard voices. Then, sharp banging and doors slamming, followed by groans and gurgling.

The metallic sound, she would learn, was a neighborhood teenager, James E. Bowie, pummeling the 68-year-old Maddox with an aluminum baseball bat.

Bowie was a high school dropout, fueled by drugs and anger. He never intended to hurt Maddox so severely, just to subdue him while a friend grabbed the waterman’s cash, he said recently.

Maddox, now 90, was never the same.

“It just destroyed his memory,” said Maddox’s son, who shares his father’s name. “They took his life away from him, but they didn’t finish the job.” Bowie was 17. He was sentenced in 1997 to life in prison with the possibility of parole — a possibility his lawyers say exists on paper but carries no real chance for release. Continue reading