Maryland abolishes the Death Penalty

Governor Martin O’Malley signed a bill recently repealing the death penalty.
The new legislation goes into effect on October 1, 2013.
In those cases in which the state has filed a notice to seek a death sentence, “the notice shall be considered withdrawn and it shall be considered a notice to seek a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole under specified circumstances,” according to a press release from the office of Gov. Martin O’Malley . The costs of litigating death penalty cases have continued to increase and the number of cases that have been overturned due to DNA evidence have prompted the change.
 Maryland is the 18th state to repeal the death penalty.
According to Governor O’Malley “Maryland has effectively eliminated a policy that is proven not to work. Evidence shows that the death penalty is not a deterrent, it cannot be administered without racial bias, and it costs three times as much as life in prison without parole,” the office stated.
“Furthermore, there is no way to reverse a mistake if an innocent person is put to death. Five men currently are on Maryland’s death row.

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