According to The Wall Street Journal, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is pushing to ban capital punishment in the state. At a news conference in Annapolis, the Governor stated that the death penalty does not prevent violent crimes such as murder and that, in fact, the incident rates for murder in states that have capital punishment are higher.
The Governor plans to introduce a bill into the legislature for the full repeal of Maryland’s death penalty. If the bill passes, Maryland would join the five other states that have abolished the death penalty as of 2007. These states include New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, and New Mexico. The majority of the nation still practices capital punishment.