Washington, DC - 12/31/14 - Today the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty commended Governor Martin O’Malley for his leadership commuting the death sentences of the 4 remaining prisoners on death row in Maryland.
Said Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty:
“Governor O’Malley actions bring an end to the final chapter on capital punishment in Maryland. That dreadful book is finally closed and the people of Maryland can look forward a more responsible and sensible approach to public safety and justice.
“Hopefully Governor O’Malley’s actions can usher in a new era of leadership on the death penalty in 2015. We need and welcome more policymakers who will stand up and tell the truth about the real cost of capital punishment: It squanders our values, diminishes our humanity, and wastes precious public resources and energies on a policy that is demonstrably unworkable.
“In 2015, may our focus be on healing, restoring and building a safe and beloved community.”
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.