Larry Hogan on Crime
Justice for Victims Initiative: protect vulnerable citizens
Last year, we worked across the aisle to enact the Justice Reinvestment Act, which is the most important criminal justice reform in a generation. We worked to pass Noah's Law, named after Montgomery County police office--and a true Maryland hero--
Noah Leotta. We have already accomplished a great deal. But together, we can--and we must--do more.
This year, we plan to enact our Justice for Victims Initiative to improve services for the victims of crimes and to reduce the number of future victims of crime. We need to enact the Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act of 2017, the
Protecting Victims of Sex Trafficking Act, and the Repeat Drunk Driving Offenders Act. All of this legislation will help make Maryland safer and will protect the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Maryland Legislature
, Feb 1, 2017
Vetoed expansion of voting rights to 40,000 ex-offenders
Several states have turned away from harsh criminal sentences and raised new questions about what happens to offenders once they are released, including their ability to participate fully in society. In February, the Maryland State Senate overrode a
veto by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and expanded voting rights to 40,000 ex-offenders. In that the case, the law allowed ex-convicts to vote while on parole or probation.
But the policies have been
controversial and provoked a partisan divide. Last December, newly elected Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) reversed an executive order by his Democratic predecessor to grant voting rights to ex-felons in
the state once they had completed their sentences. Governor Bevin framed his opposition to the executive order signed by then-Gov. Steve Beshear (D) on procedural rather than ideological terms.
Source: Christian Science Monitor on Maryland veto/voting records
, Apr 22, 2016