Md. Weighs Allowing Inmates' Own Clergy At Death

July 19, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

Maryland is considering becoming one of the few states to allow condemned inmates to choose a clergy member not employed by the state to be in the execution chamber when they die.

Corrections officials must balance the sensitive issues of security during one of the gravest tasks undertaken by the state and religious freedom during a condemned person's final moments.