Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodricks takes Governor O'Malley to task for "doing nothing" in terms of prison reform during his six years as Governor. He notes that the Law-Enforcer-in-Chief has made a number of flashy moves without substance in addressing an ever-growing portion of Maryland's population:
He's as calculating a politician as we'll ever see in Maryland, and his
opposition to the death penalty neutralized criticism, registered while
he was mayor and pushing zero-tolerance policing, that he's just another
post-Willie Horton, Clintonesque tough-on-crime Democrat.
Rodricks goes on to add that O'Malley "shows no instinct for bold changes" and does not bring the mindset of a reformer to his work:
A reformer would challenge the status quo and speak out against the war
on drugs that gives rise to the deadly dealer gangs like the BGF. A
reformer would demand that we put "corrections" back into corrections
and achieve better long-term results by reducing recidivism among the
thousands of nonviolent offenders who inhabit our prisons.