Governor O’Malley Reaffirms Support for Death Penalty Repeal in Maryland
Washington, DC (12/13/12)—The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty applauds the development this morning and commends Governor O’Malley for his leadership. In a meeting with NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous and NAACP State Conference President Gerald Stansbury this morning, the Governor reaffirmed his support for death penalty repeal in Maryland. The NAACP and its network of state leaders across the country have long been the mainstream standard bearer for fairness and justice for all. The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is proud to partner with them in this effort.
Nowhere is the need for fairness greater than in the administration of the death penalty in Maryland and across the country. It’s patently ineffective and woefully unjustly applied on the basis of race, economic status and geography.
The NAACP’s leadership on repealing the death penalty here in Maryland and elsewhere signals a critical turning point in the struggle to end capital punishment in the U.S. Today’s development is a positive signal that the state of Maryland will likely become the 18th state to repeal capital punishment and focus their future intention, energy and resources where it should – on caring for those who are harmed by crime and violence and on making the choices which keep our communities safer.
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is the nation's oldest organization dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty. We are comprised of an extensive network representing more than 100 state and national affiliate organizations and thousands of advocates and volunteers. Our members include families of murder victims, people across the political and religious spectrum, past and present law enforcement officials and prominent civil and racial justice organizations working to end the death penalty forever.
In January 2014, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty launched the 90 Million Strong Campaign to partner with and mobilize a growing number of national organizations and individuals who believe that it is time for the death penalty to end.