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and URGE Governor O'Malley to protect Maryland's Survivors of Homicide Victims.
Maryland, according to the latest Uniform Crime Report, reported roughly 398 murders. Each murdered person leaves behind at a minimum three family members. What is more disturbing- is that the majority of murders that take place in Maryland disproportionately represent Prince Georges and Baltimore City, respectively. These are predominately African American communities. These unexpected and unconscionable acts of violence leave families wondering where their next meal will come from, how to bury their loved ones, how to pay basic bills and manage household finances, and even more how to deal with the unexpected loss of their loved one.
Today, in Maryland, there is a patchwork of services and resources for survivors across the state. What are families, and individuals left to do when they lose a loved one? Don’t they count, too? - Watch their stories.
On March 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed repeal of the death penalty, a bill sponsored by Governor Martin O'Malley. Many murder victims' family members in Maryland actively supported the bill.
The original repeal bill included an appropriation of the savings from repeal to aid survivors of homicide victims. This funding was stripped from the bill due to procedural objections, though legislators from both sides of the death penalty debate strongly support allocating funds for survivors of homicide victims. Thankfully, Governor O’Malley realized the importance of resources and services for survivors and pledged to provide it.
Thank Governor O’Malley for his commitment to survivors and urge him to fund support for surviving families in Maryland this year!