Maryland has life without parole. A jury decides the sentence.
The Governor has the authority to commute any death
sentence into confinement for a length of time that the Governor deems
the final year of his term of office, governor Paris Glendenning
imposed a moratorium on executions, which lasted until it was lifted by
Governor Ehrlich in January 2003. Glendenning was also responsible for
the states second pardon, when clemency was granted to Eugene
Colvin-el. Maryland has only executed five inmates since reinstatement
in 1994, and none since Wesley Baker in December 2005.