Glendening acts to end parole for inmates with life sentences Those on work release summoned back to prison

September 29, 1995|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF

A group of inmates with life sentences, who had been on work release, were roused from their beds yesterday and sent back to prison in the wake of Gov. Parris N. Glendening's announcement that he will refuse parole for virtually all lifers during his term.

Mr. Glendening a week ago said that he will not approve parole for inmates with life sentences for murder and rape while he is governor, with exceptions for those who are old or terminally ill.

Work release has not been an option for most lifers for two years. Commissioner of Correction Richard A. Lanham Sr. moved 134 lifers out of the system in June 1993, after one killed his ex-girlfriend and himself, and another escaped. Inmates were transferred to medium-security prisons.

But a handful of inmates serving life sentences who had been sent to the Patuxent Institution program, which is under a separate administration within the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, continued to have job privileges and to live in lesser security. Five were awakened between midnight and 6 a.m.; the other two were transferred when they got to or came back from work-release jobs. The six men and one woman were taken to the maximum-security Patuxent Institution in Jessup.

"The primary consideration was that the governor clearly stated that lifers should remain in medium and maximum security," said Leonard A. Sipes Jr., a spokesman for the department.

"Some of these people have been in the community for years. Some of these individuals have held extraordinarily good jobs, and they have complied with all the rules and regulations."

The Patuxent Re-Entry Facility is for Patuxent inmates working toward parole while receiving therapy and supervision.

Director Joseph Henneberry said the spots would be open until others are approved for placement by the prison's review board.

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