ANNNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Sister Helen Prejean, an advocate for ending capital punishment, wants Maryland lawmakers to consider outlawing the death penalty.
Prejean, who wrote the book “Dead Man Walking: An Eye Witness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States” is scheduled to meet with lawmakers Friday to encourage them to repeal the law.READ MORE: Maryland Zoo Reopens Oldest Section Of Facility As Walking Path
Legislation in the General Assembly would repeal Maryland’s capital punishment law and direct funds to improving services for the families of murder victims. A state Senate panel is scheduled to consider the bill next week.READ MORE: 'Justice Has Been Served,' Hogan Says Of Capital Gazette Shooter's Sentence
Maryland’s death penalty has been on hold since a 2006 Court of Appeals ruling found the state’s lethal injection protocols weren’t properly approved by a legislative committee. Executions can’t resume until new protocols are developed and a legislative committee approves them.MORE NEWS: Maryland Weather: Hail & Damaging Winds Possible For Baltimore Area As Cold Front Moves Through
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