Stop The Prisons in MD from making money from Death Row inmates families.
  • Petitioned Diana J. Beeson

This petition was delivered to:

Administrative Officer
Diana J. Beeson
Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services
Maryland Governor
President of the United States
Maryland State House
Maryland State Senate
Gov. Martin O'Malley

Stop The Prisons in MD from making money from Death Row inmates families.

    1. Michaela Simms
    2. Petition by

      Michaela Simms

      Baltimore, MD

Death Row inmates in Maryland have been moved from Baltimore, MD to Cumberland, MD, a distance of about 139 miles/224 kilometers.  This distance is a massive problem for family members of the inmates, who often cannot make such a long journey because it is too expensive, they are not able to take time off work, they have families to care for, or a host of other reasons.  This move has therefore put a tremendous strain on the inmates and their families in Maryland.


Additionally, each man on Death Row has a right to use a phone, but making phone calls has become increasingly difficult.  The phone company (T-Netix/Securus) has blocked numbers of incoming callers, forcing inmates to spend money to call out to long distance numbers.  There has also been a tremendous problem with dropped calls.  Previously, it had cost inmates 52 cents to make a phone call lasting 30 minutes to a local number.  However, now that family and friends are no longer local, expensive long distance charges has made it increasingly cost prohibitive for inmates to have contact with the outside world. 

This is a matter of human rights for these inmates, and it must be addressed.


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    Reasons for signing

    • Robert Yeckley SILVER SPRING, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      I agree that the death penalty is necessary for justice, but I don't think the law has the right to use those humans as ATM machines.

    • monica mitchell CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      while, I don't care AT ALL about the inmates being moved to Cumberland, the phone call situation does seem abusive to the families.

    • Jill Teague GAFFNEY, SC
      • over 3 years ago

      Human rights are for all. Why must the families continue to suffer! There but "BY THE GRACE OF GOD" go I..

    • Sarah Louise Jacob BALTIMORE, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      Wrong !!!! The Goverment is making $'s in this way. May god take all your rights away from ya all in power one day.

    • Layla Khan CUMBERLAND, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      Punish the inmates punish the families since the move for the death row inmates they have stopped my phone calls to my husband we now pay for a long distance call due to greed of the prison. This should be STOPPED.


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