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How Much Time Does A Maryland Inmate Have to Serve to Be Eligible for Parole?

There are two separate questions involved here. Can an offender be released early, and if so, when does the potential for that commence? Like many aspects of the correctional system, parole is a process, not an event. There are a variety of factors, and stages to consider. The first is eligibility. Maryland law provides that an inmate is generally eligible for parole, if:

  • They have been sentenced to 6 months or more in a correctional facility, and
  • They have served in confinement one-fourth of their aggregate sentence.

A qualified inmate may also be specially eligible for parole in certain circumstances:

  • In order to undergo drug or alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, or
  • To participate in a residential program of treatment in the best interest of an inmate's expected or newborn child

Special eligibility only exists where the offender meets other criteria. The inmate cannot be serving time for a crime of violence or certain drug-related crimes, and, of course, must be amenable to treatment.

Different time frames apply to offenders who are serving sentences for violent crimes, and life sentences. A skilled defense attorney may be able to secure an agreement with the prosecutor, sentencing judge anon a predetermined parole release agreement, which may serve to modify the requirements imposed by law.  

I once heard that the only thing more difficult than facing time is doing it. The potential of early release is a reasonable factor in assessing the risks of trial as opposed to a plea.  I extend a no-cost, no-obligation case analysis and personal, confidential conference and strategy session to all prospective clients. If you have been accused of a crime, it is vital that you act quickly to safeguard your freedom. Contact me today. 410 591 2835.

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