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.

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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.

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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.

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