Magazine article Corrections Forum

NAACP President Meets with Governor Martin O'malley to Discuss Death Penalty Repeal

Magazine article Corrections Forum

NAACP President Meets with Governor Martin O'malley to Discuss Death Penalty Repeal

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NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous and Maryland NAACP State Conference President Gerald Stansbury met with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to discuss the future of the death penalty in Maryland. The NAACP has advocated for abolishing the death penalty in Maryland and other states. "We must end the death penalty in Maryland this year," stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. "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. "Today's meeting went very well," stated NAACP Maryland State Conference President Gerald Stansbury. …

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