MARYLAND COMMISSION ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

Benjamin R. Civiletti, Chair (chosen by Governor, Senate President, & House Speaker)

Appointed by Governor: Percel O. Alston, Jr.; Kirk N. Bloodsworth; Matthew Campbell, Esq.; Bernadette M. DiPino; Noel L. Godfrey; Rev. Alan M. Gould, Sr.; David E. Kendall, Esq.; Rabbi Mark G. Loeb; Bishop Denis J. Madden; Rick N. Prothero; Samuel I. Rosenberg; Vicki A. Schieber; Oliver W. Smith, Sr.

Appointed by Senate President: Jamin B. Raskin; James N. Robey.

Appointed by House Speaker: William J. Frank; Adrienne A. Jones.

Appointed by Chief Judge, Court of Appeals: William B. Spellbring, Jr.

Representing Maryland State's Attorneys' Association: Scott D. Shellenberger, Esq.

Ex officio: Shanetta J. Paskel, designee of Attorney General; Gary D. Maynard, Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services; Katy C. O'Donnell, Esq., designee of Public Defender.

Staff: Rachel Philofsky

c/o Maryland Statistical Analysis Center
Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention
300 East Joppa Road, Suite 1105, Baltimore, MD 21286 - 3016
(410) 821-2842
e-mail: rachel@goccp-state-md.org
web: www.goccp.org/capital-punishment/index.php

In July 2008, the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment was established (Chapters 430 & 431, Acts of 2008). The Commission studied all aspects of capital punishment as currently and historically administered in the State. Commission recommendations address disparities in the administration of capital punishment, including racial, jurisdictional, and socio-economic disparities, as well as the risk of executing innocent people, and the impact of DNA evidence in capital trials. Further, the Commission compared the effects of prolonged court cases involving capital punishment with those involving life imprisonment without possibility of parole. It also considered the costs associated with death sentences as compared with those of life imprisonment without possibility of parole.

The Commission submitted its final report on December 12, 2008. Authorization for the Commission ended December 31, 2008.

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