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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Some criminal justice activists are disappointed by the number of reform proposals that have stalled in Virginia's legislature this year, despite a new Democratic majority.

Proposals to end solitary confinement, reinstate parole and make it easier to expunge criminal records been put off until next year or sent to a crime commission for study.

But Democratic leaders note that multiple reforms have advanced or passed in just the first month of the legislative session.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered a review of state rules that make it hard for ex-offenders to find employment.

The governor announced Wednesday his administration will conduct a one-year review of the legal barriers ex-offenders face in Maryland. The work group will study regulations that penalize people with criminal records and make it hard for them for get professional licenses or student loans.

The group will be led by Christopher Shank, a former state senator who now heads the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

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There have been a large number of pardons being issued in Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Governor Jack Markell has issued nearly 16-hundred during his six years in office.

Most of them are for minor offenses.

The governor’s office says that the pardons are important in giving people with criminal records a second chance and not to be stigmatized for the rest of their lives.

But the paper reports that the state does not follow the outcomes of those who have been given a pardon.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Thousands of Maryland residents with criminal histories may get a second chance.

On Monday the General Assembly approved a bill that allows shielding certain non-violent offenses from the public eye.

The measure that made it past the General Assembly would allow a person to request a shield for offenses in one jurisdiction, but it would not cross county lines if the person wants to hide additional convictions elsewhere.

MD Governor Signs Bills

Apr 9, 2014
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed his first bill of the year, expanding the state's pre-kindergarten program to another 1,600 children from low-income families.

The ceremony was held Tuesday, hours after the General Assembly session ended.

O'Malley included $4.3 million in next year's budget to fund the expansion, but it took an act of the legislature to put his plan in action.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who is running for governor, called the measure another step toward universal pre-K, a major theme of his campaign.