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.