Heather Mizeur and Helen Prejean: Death penalty unfair, expensive
On the heels of an election that affirmed the Free State's desire for equal opportunities and protections under the law for everyone, we see a path to another victory for fairness and justice. It's time for Maryland to abolish the death penalty.
Maryland is on the cusp of putting an end to this failed experiment in orchestrated killing. Like the coalition that crossed faith, political, racial and economic boundaries to pass the Dream Act and marriage equality, a similarly strong alliance is emerging to end the death penalty and to replace it with a conviction of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
We are an eclectic coalition, called to this work for differing reasons. For some, it is a matter of faith and moral conviction that state-sanctioned killings are wrong. Others fight against this punishment because of the inherent inequalities that exist in our criminal justice system. And still others have evolved in their position because they have come to realize the death penalty is indefensible in practice.