Our typical client is someone who was convicted or pled guilty to a serious crime that happened when he or she was 14, 15 or 16. Older co-defendants often played a more central role in the crime. We regularly have serious doubt about whether our clients committed the crimes for which they were convicted after carefully reviewing the records in these cases. The crimes are heinous, the loss of life is real, but most of these cases were tried in the 1980s before the neurological studies had been done. Indeed, juveniles were viewed as especially dangerous and unredeemable. Cases were built around a single eyewitness or "confessions" now viewed as unreliable and before DNA evidence was available. Moreover, those who pled guilty often did so based on advice from their lawyers that they would be required to serve 15 to 20 years and would then be released as long as they had a good record in prison and didn't pose a threat to safety. Our clients come to us with those excellent records, having taken advantage of the limited programs available in Maryland's prisons, created new programs, helped young people learn from their mistakes both within and outside the prison walls. But the promise of parole remains illusory in Maryland for several reasons.