Not all lifers should have option of parole

March 18, 2011

In The Sun's editorial regarding parole ("Politics of parole," March 16), a very important fact is omitted. You stated that the judge would have given life without parole if he intended that the criminal never be released.

However, the penalty of life without parole did not become law until 1987. Prior to then, the choice of penalties for murderers was life or capital punishment. Some of those fifty parolees that the governor is reviewing may be killers who should never be released.

The Sun misleads by not providing complete information on parole laws.

Anne McCloskey, Towson

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