Maryland has become the latest state to abolish the death penalty.
Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill Thursday repealing the law and replacing it with life in prison without parole.
Maryland is now the 18th state to ban the death penalty. It has become the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to outlaw it.
The new measure does not apply to the five inmates currently facing execution, but the governor can commute their sentences.
O'Malley has said he will consider them on a case by case basis.
The state's last execution was in 2005.