A day after Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill to repeal the death penalty in Maryland, opponents of the measure announced a petition drive to allow voters to overturn the law in 2014. The law repealing Maryland's death penalty will take effect as scheduled on October 1 after opponents failed to collect enough signatures to put the issue to a statewide vote. MDPetitions.com, the group that helped put same-sex marriage and two other issues on last year’s ballot, confirmed at a May 31, 2013 afternoon news conference that it was unable to replicate its success. Facing a midnight deadline to submit an initial batch of signatures, the group instead ended its effort.
Below is an excerpt from an article dated October 21, 2011:
How many countries have the death penalty?
Capital punishment laws are on the books in 91 countries, but only 23 of them carried out any executions last year. The U.S. executed 46 people last year, and 37 so far this year — more than any other country, except for the dictatorships of China, North Korea, Iran, and Yemen. In most parts of the modern world, the practice appears to be in steep decline. Since 1976, a total of 123 countries have effectively abolished the death penalty as a barbaric legacy of the past. All signs point to an unmistakable downward trend, says Mario Marazziti, co-founder of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. "There is worldwide growth of a new moral standard of decency and of respect for human rights," he said, "even the rights and lives of those who may have committed severe crimes."
~ It is racist
~ It kills the innocent
~ It does not deter crime
~ It is barbaric
~ It is expensive (up to an additional $90,000 per year per condemned inmate)