Maryland Moms to General Assembly: Let's put an end to the unfair, imperfect and costly death penalty!

Since 1976, in states all over the country including Maryland, 142 people sentenced to death were ultimately found innocent. Moms have a chance to make sure that this never happens again in Maryland.

Maryland stands on the brink of becoming the 18th state in the country to abolish the death penalty. We need to show the General Assembly that there is overwhelming support for this bill from constituents. 

Governor O'Malley has announced his support for repealing the death penalty, which means that this bill has huge momentum. But first, the bill must be brought to the floor for a vote. After that, the vote is expected to be close. Please join us in urging your state legislator to support the bill to repeal the death penalty in Maryland.

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Dear Maryland State House and State Senate,

As members of MomsRising and as your constituents, we write to express our strong support for repealing the death penalty in Maryland and directing resources to victim's families.

Thank you,

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    Have you seen this? Maryland can be #18!

    I can't believe how often people have been wrongly sentenced to death. 142 people on death row have been found innocent since 1976. I got this email below from saying that there is a chance that Maryland will repeal the death penalty this year and redirect resources to victim's families. Sign on to the letter here:


    142 Moms, Death Row and Maryland

    Imagine if you were the mother of someone who was found innocent, by irrefutable new DNA evidence, after having been wrongly imprisoned and placed on death row for a crime he/she did not commit. For any mother, it would be horrifying. Shockingly, death sentences for innocent people are not rare. In fact, 142 people condemned to death have been proven innocent of their crimes people across the country since 1976. [1]

    Today, moms can make sure that this never happens in Maryland again.

    *SIGN ON our letter to the Maryland General Assembly urging them to repeal the death penalty to make sure that no one in MD is ever mistakenly executed!

    DNA evidence is only available in 10% of all death penalty cases. [2] And, we know that as human beings all of our systems have at least a small degree of error. In the case of the death penalty, an innocent person could pay the ultimate price because of an imperfect system.

    Right now, in Maryland, mothers like you and me can change this so that no mother must worry that her son or daughter will be executed for a crime he/she did not commit.

    *Seventeen states have abolished the death penalty. Tell the Maryland General Assembly to bring the bill to repeal the death penalty to the floor for a vote.

    The time to act is NOW! A majority of Maryland legislators in both houses have said they support the current repeal bill and Governor O'Malley wants to sign it. [3] But before this can happen the bill must be brought to the floor for a vote.

    This death penalty repeal bill will not only stop the execution of innocent people, it will also direct new resources to the families of homicide victims. The legislation will reallocate $500,000 annually to the Maryland Victims of Crime Fund, which is devoted to the needs of murder victims’ families. [4] Helping families navigate the trauma of violent crime is a good investment and will promote healthier and safer communities around Maryland.

    The bill also makes sense for the state's economy. A 2008 study commissioned by the Abell Foundation found that the average death penalty case adds almost $2 million in expenses to the state's budget, and that the cumulative costs for Maryland's death penalty cases is $186 million. [5]

    Your voice is critical! Legislators who are unsure about where they stand on repealing the death penalty say that want to hear from their constituents on this matter before they will support bringing the bill to a vote.

    *Send a message to your state legislator that Maryland should repeal the death penalty and invest resources in services for the families of homicide victims.

    There is simply no such thing as a foolproof death penalty. A national study in 2005 found that perjury committed by people giving testimony against the defendant was the most common factor contributing to a wrongful murder conviction. [6]

    Race is also a factor!

    A 2003 University of Maryland study found that the primary factors leading to a death sentence in Maryland are the race of the victim and the jurisdiction of the crime. These racial and jurisdictional disparities still persist today. In every Maryland murder that has resulted in an execution since the 1978 reinstatement of capital punishment, all of the victims were white. This is also true for all pending death sentences in MD. [7]

    The racial disparity in this situation is stark given that more than three-quarters of Maryland’s homicide victims are African-Americans.

    *Tell the MD General Assembly: The time is now to repeal the death penalty in Maryland and invest resources in services for the families of homicide victims:

    We have the chance to end an unfair and imperfect death penalty system. Please share this letter with your family, friends and neighbors.

    Together, we are a force for woman and families!

    - Monifa, Kristin, Mary, Ruth and the whole team

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