Maryland Commission Calls for Abolition

Today, the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment made it official, formally recommending in its Final Report that Maryland repeal the death penalty.

The report’s final recommendation concludes:

“For all of these reasons—to eliminate racial and jurisdictional bias, to reduce unnecessary costs, to lessen the misery that capital cases force victims of family members to endure, to eliminate the risk that an innocent person can be convicted—the Commission strongly recommends that capital punishment be abolished in Maryland.”

The Maryland General Assembly (which created the Commission) will take up the issue when its 2009 session begins about a month from now, on January 14.  The session ends in April, so we should know fairly soon whether Maryland will become the 15th U.S. state to abolish the death penalty.

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4 thoughts on “Maryland Commission Calls for Abolition

  1. The statement that Maryland should follow in the footsteps of 14 other states is nothing short of a truth. 'An eye for an eye' is often used as a way to back up this contoversial topic howvever i believe that the abolishment of the death penalty is not just a discussion it is a neccessity. The citizens of the US deserve a punishment system that does exactly what it should: punish. In saying this i also think that merits should be given based on good behaviour. Merciful killing is injustified, and as a firm believer in punishment i put forward the notion to provide a program that continues to analyse criminals after their time has been served if not given a life sentence.

  2. The statement that Maryland should follow in the footsteps of 14 other states is nothing short of a truth. ‘An eye for an eye’ is often used as a way to back up this contoversial topic howvever i believe that the abolishment of the death penalty is not just a discussion it is a neccessity. The citizens of the US deserve a punishment system that does exactly what it should: punish. In saying this i also think that merits should be given based on good behaviour. Merciful killing is injustified, and as a firm believer in punishment i put forward the notion to provide a program that continues to analyse criminals after their time has been served if not given a life sentence.

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