Connecticut abolishes death penalty

Prisoner Appeal on Death Roworiginally by: USA Today
published: 25 April 2012

Capital punishment has been abolished in Connecticut, the 17th state to end executions.

Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the legislation this afternoon, without a public ceremony, the Waterbury American-Republican reports from Hartford. The repeal does not apply to the 11 men on death row, who “are far more likely to die of old age than they are to be put to death,” the governor said in a statement.

Malloy, a Democrat and former prosecutor, called it “an historic moment,” but said “it is a moment for sober reflection, not celebration.”

Many of us who have advocated for this position over the years have said there is a moral component to our opposition to the death penalty. For me, that is certainly the case. But that does not mean – nor should it mean – that we question the morality of those who favor capital punishment.

I certainly don’t. I know many people whom I deeply respect, including friends and family, that believe the death penalty is just. In fact, the issue knows no boundaries: not political party, not gender, age, race or any other demographic. It is, at once, one of the most compelling and vexing issues of our time.

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