Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment approved
April 7th, 2008
A group of 51 Maryland police, prosecutors and correctional officials called on the State’s General Assembly to repeal the death penalty, calling it ineffective and wasteful of public safety resources. Lawmakers voted on March 21 to create a commission to study capital punishment in Maryland, after efforts to repeal the death penalty failed for a second straight year. Read more on the Examiner’s website.
The Commission would:
- Study racial, jurisdictional, and economic disparities in how the death penalty has been administered.
- Examine the risk of innocent people being executed and compare the costs of executing someone with the expense of imprisoning someone for life without parole.
- Issue a report on its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly by Dec. 15.
Death Penalty Resources:
- The Hidden Death Tax: The Secret Costs of Seeking Execution in California
This report is the most comprehensive report on the costs of California’s death penalty.
“Hidden Death Tax”: Full Report | Executive summary
- Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty
- Death Penalty Facts & Figures: Facts about Death Penalty as of April 1, 2008
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