A Step Towards Abolishing the Maryland Death Penalty

This morning, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous and Maryland NAACP State Conference President Gerald Stansbury met with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley at the Maryland State House to discuss the future of the death penalty in Maryland. The NAACP has advocated for abolishing the death penalty in Maryland among other states.

Benjamin Todd Jealous spoke with a sense of urgency when he stated:

"We must end the death penalty in Maryland this year... This is a matter of justice and a matter of safety. We are optimistic that Maryland will be the sixth state in six years to abolish the death penalty. We are moving closer to abolishing it in the country as a whole.” 

A bill currently at the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee would repeal the death penalty while reallocating $500,000 of savings annually to the Maryland Victims of Crime Fund-- devoted to the needs of murder victims’ families.

NAACP Maryland State Conference President, Gerald Stansbury was pleased with the meeting—he stated:

"Our branches across the state, in conjunction with our partners, will continue to do everything they can to keep the momentum going and repeal the death penalty this year. The Prince George’s County Branch is particularly integral to this effort.”