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Scott Shellenberger
Don't lock up children forever
Don't lock up children forever

Sen. James Brochin and Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger recently asked whether Maryland would break its promises to victims' families by eliminating life-without-parole sentences for youth under 18. The answer: No ("Will Maryland go back on its word?" March 18). Messrs. Brochin and Shellenberger imply that by ending life-without-parole sentences for children the state would renege on promises made to citizens when it abolished the death penalty in 2013. In fact, Maryland prohibited the death penalty for minors in 1987, almost two decades before the U.S. Supreme Court decided it was cruel and unusual punishment. This proposed change brings Maryland...