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March 18, 2013

Maryland Expected to Abolish Death Penalty

(Washington, DC) – Maryland is on the verge of becoming the sixth US state in six years to abolish the death penalty, though five men may continue to sit on the state’s death row.

On March 15, 2013, the Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill, approved by the State Senate on March 6, that replaces capital punishment with the sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. It now goes to Governor Martin O’Malley, who has been a strong opponent of the death penalty and who supported the bill. However, the bill does not directly affect the five inmates awaiting execution in Maryland, leaving it up to O’Malley to determine whether to commute their sentences.

Read the Full Story Here: HRW