Maryland, the U.S. state located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, on 2 May 2013 became the first southern US state to abolish the death penalty.
The measure on it was signed by Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley on 2 May 2013.
The person who was attended was former Maryland death row inmate Kirk Bloodsworth. He will be the first person in the country freed from death penalty because of DNA evidence after being convicted in a death penalty case.
On the global level, Maryland is the 18th state to abolish the death penalty.
The Governor can commute the death sentences of intimates to life without parole. The Governor O’Malley has asserted that he will consider them on a case-by-case basis. The state’s last execution was in 2005.