Committee passes death penalty repeal bill

Death Penalty Mourneroriginally by: The Day
published: 22nd March 2012

A bill that would abolish the state’s death penalty for all future cases and replace the punishment with life imprisonment has passed its first round of votes in the General Assembly despite a recent poll’s findings that repeal is unpopular with a majority of voters. Members of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee voted 24-19 in favor of the bill on Wednesday. Now, the vote awaits further legislative action by the state’s Senate.

The vote on the bill came shortly after a new Quinnipiac University poll showed 62 percent of Connecticut residents do not support repealing the death penalty.

The poll, released Wednesday, surveyed 1,622 registered voters on an array of issues. The margin of sampling error for the poll was 2.4 percentage points.

Despite the findings of the poll, state lawmakers on both sides of the issue have raised concerns on what the poll is actually reflecting.

Mike Lawlor, the undersecretary of Criminal Justice Policy for the Office of Policy and Management, said despite the lack of public support shown in the poll Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would sign legislation on the issue.

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