By Kirk Bloodsworth, the first man exonerated from death row by DNA evidence and current Advocacy Director at Witness to Innocence, and Vivian Penda, the mother of a murder victim (Contact)
To be delivered to: Governor Martin O'Malley
Maryland's death penalty makes too many mistakes. It diverts funds from the real needs of victims' families. And it certainly doesn’t do anything to solve or prevent crimes. There have been no death sentences since 2004, and no executions since 2005, but it remains a huge drain on our budget.
2012 was quite a year for progressives in Maryland – passage of the DREAM Act and marriage equality were both great steps forward. Now it’s time to finish the job and repeal the death penalty.
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