On November 12, the Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment voted to recommend repealing the death penalty in Maryland. On December 12, the Commission issued that recommendation in their Final Report. The Commission was created by the Maryland General Assembly to conduct a thorough study of capital punishment in that state. After five public hearings and hours of testimony from both experts and the general public, the Commission determined that Maryland's death penalty is racially and geographically biased, more expensive, harmful to victims' families, and not a deterrent. The Commission also concluded that there is a "real possibility" of executing an innocent person in Maryland. The solution to these fundamental flaws, the Commission found, is to repeal the death penalty.
Get updates on Amnesty's work to protect human rights in the Americas.
Indonesia: Stop Imminent Execution of Five Prisoners (UA 305/14)
They have been moved to separate cells and are believed to be at risk of imminent execution. Indonesia’s new government has said publicly that it plans to carry out the five executions this year and 20 more in 2015.
Amnesty International's annual Write For Rights campaign is the largest grassroots letter-writing effort in the world. Sign up today to join the worldwide effort to call out injustice for 10 new cases in 2014!