12.08.02.06

.06 Application by the General Public to Attend an Open Parole Release Hearing.

A. The Commission shall have published in the Maryland Register a notice of the date, time, and location of open parole release hearings.

B. A member of the general public interested in attending an open parole release hearing shall apply to the Commission in writing at least 60 days before the open parole release hearing date. The written application to attend shall include:

(1) The inmate's full name, place of confinement, and institutional identification number; and

(2) The interested person's full name, date of birth, address, telephone number, relationship to the victim, if any, or relationship to the inmate, if any.

C. A member of the general public approved to attend an open parole release hearing shall be informed by the Chairman in writing at least 30 days before the open parole release hearing date.

D. The Chairman may disapprove an application to attend an open parole release hearing for any of the following reasons:

(1) Insufficient space at the designated regional open hearing center, local jail, or detention center;

(2) The applicant's attendance may threaten or present a danger to the security of the institution;

(3) The applicant's attendance may threaten or present a danger to other attendees or participants; or

(4) The applicant's attendance may disrupt the hearing.

E. A member of the general public who is not approved to attend an open parole release hearing shall be notified by the Chairman in writing. If written notification is not practicable, notification by telephone or other means may be used.

F. The Commissioner, or the warden or superintendent of a local jail or detention center, shall be informed in writing of the name and date of birth of all approved attendees at least 15 days before the open parole release hearing date.