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WASHINGTON (AP) — Lee Boyd Malvo, the Washington, D.C., area sniper, and Virginia have agreed to dismiss a pending Supreme Court case after the state changed a criminal sentencing law for juveniles.

Under the new law, signed by Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday, people serving life terms for crimes they committed before they turned 18 can be considered for parole after serving at least 20 years.

Malvo was 17 when he and another man terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

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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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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The chairwoman of Virginia's parole board said it will reinterpret a three-strikes law in a way that could free hundreds of inmates.

The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk reported Saturday that the now-defunct version of the law has kept offenders in prison for decades. Many were convicted of crimes such as robberies in which no one was injured.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure before Maryland lawmakers would end the requirement for the governor to approve parole for someone serving a life sentence, after the Maryland Parole Commission has recommended the person be paroled.

Supporters are holding a news conference on Tuesday to talk about the bill. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative are supporting the measure.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A new state policy could mean that Maryland inmates serving parole-eligible life sentences for their childhood crimes may now be considered for minimum-security facilities and possibly work-release programs.

The Baltimore Sun reports  Public Safety Secretary Stephen T. Moyer this month reversed rules that prohibited any Maryland inmate sentenced to life in prison from being placed in a below medium-security facility.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed 144 bills into law, including an expansion of mandatory use of breath-testing ignition devices and criminal justice reform.

Hogan signed the bills into law Thursday at a ceremony at the State House.

The signed bills include Noah's Law, which requires breath-testing ignition devices for anyone convicted of drunken driving. It honors Montgomery County police Officer Noah Leotta, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver who pleaded guilty this week to vehicular manslaughter.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office says 80 percent of more than 200,000 convicted felons whose voting and other civil rights he recently restored were convicted of nonviolent crimes.

The governor's office said Wednesday that an analysis of the 200,000 convicted felons also shows that African-Americans accounted for 46 percent, while blacks make up only 19 percent of the state's population.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An effort to give a chance of parole to Virginia inmates who may have received inflated sentences has stalled in the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

The measure backed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration sought to aid a group of inmates who potentially were unfairly punished because their juries weren't informed that Virginia had abolished parole in 1995.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers have a potential quandary on their hands that's rare, if not unprecedented: Can one of their own vote twice on the same bill?

At issue is a measure allowing felons to vote while on probation or parole. Supporters say the measure will help reintegrate felons into society, but opponents say those felons haven't yet paid their debt to society.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed it. The House barely overrode the veto.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is set to vote on overriding Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill that would allow felons to vote while they are on parole or probation.

The House is scheduled to take up the override vote Wednesday.

The House has 91 Democrats and 50 Republicans. It will need 85 votes to override the veto. That's a three-fifths majority. The state Senate also would need a three-fifths vote. A Senate vote could come Thursday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A commission appointed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has decided not to recommend re-establishing parole to the state's criminal justice system any time soon.

According to the Daily Press of Newport News, the group decided Wednesday that there are shortcomings in the sweeping reforms that largely abolished parole there 20 years ago, but more study is needed before such a major step is feasible. The group also noted a significant lack of legislative support for the move.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A study has found a large proportion of former prisoners on supervised probation in Maryland are at a moderate to low risk of going back to prison.

Data presented by The Pew Charitable Trusts to a Maryland panel on Tuesday examined whether the state is focusing its resources on the high-risk offenders most likely to recidivate.

The study found 71 percent of the state's probation population is a moderate or low risk of recidivism.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State Republican lawmakers blasted Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's establishment of a commission to study potential criminal justice reforms and whether Virginia's parole abolition in the 1990s has been good for the state.

GOP lawmakers said at a Capitol news conference Monday that Virginia's criminal justice system works well and that reviving parole in Virginia would hurt victims of past crimes. They spoke just before the commission's first meeting.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's forming a commission to study potential criminal justice reforms and whether Virginia's parole abolition in the 1990s has been good for the state.
 
McAuliffe said Wednesday on a monthly radio show that the commission will study whether Virginia is holding prisoners unnecessarily long and whether it's doing enough to rehabilitate criminals.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland bill that would put prison sentences of life without parole in the hands of judges needs more time for consideration, lawmakers said.

Wednesday's development came after state senators decided too many important issues were being raised so close to the end of the legislative session.

The bill now heads back to the committee level with potential to return for next year's session, which ends midnight on Monday.

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Eighteen year old Brandon Early has been sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years for the Princess Anne murder of 35-year old Adrian Marshall.

Early was convicted by a first jury of first-degree murder.

The killing took place at Marshall’s home in Princess Anne on Thanksgiving Day of last year.

The trial took place in Dorchester County Circuit Court on a change of venue.

Judge Brett Wilson said he saw Early as a significant threat to the community before handing down the sentence.

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Donald Lee Torres was 14 years old when he set a fire in 1989 that killed a man, his wife and their two young children in a Middletown home.

Now, he has some hope the hope that he could be paroled by 2019, and if so, he would be the youngest multiple murder in Delaware history to do so.

A judge recently reduced his eight consecutive life sentences to 110 years.

Torres is now subject to a law that made illegal for a minor to get an automatic life sentence.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for Delaware’s Board of Parole are asking a federal judge to rule in their favor in a lawsuit filed by a convicted killer.

Board attorneys filed a motion for summary judgment this week in a lawsuit brought by Steven A. White in 2011.

According to court papers, White was high on drugs when he fatally stabbed his aunt and uncle in 1977 in order to steal prescription drugs. White claims he was denied parole in 2009 because of his substance abuse history, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.