June 24, 2010
Death Row in Maryland skids to new location
BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's death row has moved. Corrections officials say the state's five death row inmates were taken this week from Baltimore to western Maryland. They'll now be housed at the North Branch Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in Cresaptown. Death row had been located at the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center, formerly known as Supermax, for more than 20 years. That prison is now used to house inmates in transit and awaiting court appearances. The state's execution chamber remains in Baltimore. Five men have been executed since Maryland reinstated the death penalty in 1978, most recently in 2005. The state has had a de facto moratorium on capital punishment since late 2006 because its lethal injection protocols are under review.