Governor O’Malley to Sponsor Repeal Legislation in Maryland
(Washington D.C. 1/15/13) The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty applauds Governor O’Malley for his leadership in sponsoring the bill to end the death penalty in Maryland. With Senate President Miller’s public commitment bring the legislation to the Senate floor we are confident that Maryland will become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty.
As a whole, the country is moving away from the death penalty. Over the past five years, five other states have abolished the death penalty—New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, Illinois and Connecticut. The death penalty is a broken and outdated system that continues to operate in an increasingly isolated set of jurisdictions across the country. Maryland is among the 29 states that have not carried out an execution in five or more years. Only 15 counties across the country account for 30% of all executions in the United States since 1976.
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has been proud to partner with the NAACP, working with Maryland Citizens Against State Executions—an independent affiliate of the National Coalition—and other organizations representing citizens concerned about civil rights and human rights. We have spoken to and connected with thousands of Marylanders and have listened to the concerns expressed by victims of crime whose needs often go unmet because of limited resources.
Governor O’Malley’s legislation to repeal the death penalty in Maryland and use the otherwise wasted dollars to enhance services for victims of homicide is an enormous step forward for Maryland and the rest of the country.
We stand ready to mobilize the full support of our national network behind this effort.
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.