Pass the Second Look Act in Maryland
Saying YES to the Maryland Second Look Act is the clear and logical choice. The Second Look Act would allow courts to take a second look at excessive sentences, decades after the crime, to reevaluate and assess the growth and rehabilitation of incarcerated people and potentially grant them a second chance at freedom.
We have seen documented cases of the police racially profiling Black people. There is clear evidence of racial discrimination in arresting and sentencing in Maryland. Not only are there cases, but statistics show extreme racial disparities. 71 percent of the Maryland prison population is Black – more than twice the national average.
The Maryland Second Look Act would give Marylanders in prison opportunities to truly rehabilitate, express remorse, transform for the better, find ways to give back to the community, and not give up due to lack of meaningful avenues for release. After the devastating impact of mass incarceration, families could finally be reunited, and their communities would be strengthened.
Together, let’s create more meaningful avenues for rehabilitation by urging your legislators to vote “Yes” on SB 123/HB 724 to pass the Second Look Act.
House Judiciary and Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Members