On Wednesday, the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment voted to recommend repealing the death penalty in Maryland. The Commission was created by the Maryland General Assembly to conduct a thorough study of capital punishment in that state. After five public hearings and hours of testimony from both experts and the general public, the Commission determined that Maryland’s death penalty is:
Racially and geographically biased
Harmful to victims’ families
Not a deterrent.
The Commission also concluded that there is a “real possibility of wrongly executing an innocent person” in Maryland.
The Commission’s final report is due on December 15, and then, beginning in January of 2009, the General Assembly will decide on whether to finally abolish capital punishment Maryland.