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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure before Maryland lawmakers would end the requirement for the governor to approve parole for someone serving a life sentence, after the Maryland Parole Commission has recommended the person be paroled.

Supporters are holding a news conference on Tuesday to talk about the bill. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative are supporting the measure.

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Governor John Carney is ordering an independent review of the hostage standoff at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in which one officer was killed.

The Delaware Democrat said that he was determined to find out how this happened.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the review will follow the criminal investigation by Delaware state police into the death of Lt. Steven Floyd.

In addition, an internal investigation is also being conducted by the Department of Correction.

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(AP) - Delaware prison officials say one hostage is dead and a second is alert and talking after authorities went into a building at the state's largest prison where inmates took staff members hostage.

Officials announced in a statement Thursday morning that the building where the disturbance occurred at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center is now secure. The prison is in Smyrna, about 15 miles north of the state capital of Dover.

Officials say after police breached the building, one Department of Correction worker was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is participating in an effort aimed at reducing the use of segregation and restrictive housing in its prisons.

The Virginia Department of Corrections says Virginia is one of five states that have recently joined the Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative of the Vera Institute of Justice.

The department says Virginia will be assessed on how it uses restrictive housing and then will work with Vera to come up with ways to reduce its use.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Two Maryland prison agency managers who were fired amid misconduct allegations say they are whistleblowers who lost their jobs for exposing corruption.
Steven Geppi (JEP'-ee) and Debra Gonzalez Morin said in a conference-call interview Thursday they suspect the complaints made to Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen Moyer came from people who want corruption in the prisons to continue.
Geppi oversaw internal investigations and intelligence-gathering. Gonzalez Morin ran the intelligence unit.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Maryland's prison agency says three high-ranking officials are out after internal investigations that began with allegations of misconduct.

Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman Gerard Shields said Wednesday that Steven Geppi (JEP'-ee) was removed from the state payroll as director of investigations, intelligence and fugitive apprehension Tuesday, along with two people who worked for him. They are Debra Gonzalez Morin and John Spiroff.

Their departures were first reported by The Washington Post.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education has found that Maryland's spending on prisons is growing at a rate that's twice as fast as spending on education.

The Baltimore Sun reports that such an increase is not unique to Maryland. Nationally, state and local budgets for incarceration rose three times faster than school spending.

The report analyzed spending data from 1980 to 2013. During that time, Maryland's incarcerated population rose from about 11,000 to nearly 34,000. The state's population rose as well, but at a far slower rate.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Authorities say that Virginia's state and regional jails have housed at least 19,882 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports  that data collected by the State Compensation Board shows that the between 2008 and 2015, jails housed at least 14,460 immigrants who were in the U.S. illegally. The board says there were another 5,422 offenders in jailers' custody who were scheduled for deportation.

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Philosophy in prison. It's a program that has been going on for the last 15 years at Salisbury University in which inmates meet with faculty and students to discuss the subject at the Eastern Correctional Institution. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with associate professor Tim Stock about the success of the program which will be honored at a symposium this Saturday at the TETC building on the campus of Salisbury University.

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The Delaware Historical Society began its conversation about race last night.

Panelist and longtime Wilmington activist Bebe Coker told the audience that there has to be admission that institutional racism exists.

Charles Madden, executive director of the Hope Commission, noted that 62 percent of African-American men in Wilmington are either in prison or on probation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the poverty rate for African Americans is twice that of whites and that the median income for white is $20-thousand more than for black residents.

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