linkathon part 5: the state of connecticut abolishes the death penalty. 17 down, 33 to go.

The US state of Connecticut has abolished the death penalty! This amazing and wonderful news is brought to you by Amnesty International, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and lawmakers who listen to reason.
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty joins with the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty and its allies in applauding Governor Dannell P. Malloy for signing legislation to repeal the death penalty in his state.

The momentum in this country is toward ending the death penalty. With Governor Malloy’s leadership in Connecticut, we now have five states that have abandoned the death penalty in five years. The numbers of new death sentences and executions are down and there is a growing body of evidence exposing the death penalty system as failed public policy. We look forward to more states across the country joining the list of those without capital punishment in the coming years. The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has been at it for 35 years, and I am pleased to say that the end of our struggle is in sight.
Connecticut also recognizes equal marriage, so it is now officially part of the civilized world. If you would like to thank Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy for removing legal murder from the state's penal code, go here.


Jere said...

I heard on the radio that the 11 people on CT's death row can still be executed as the repeal only counts toward future crimes. So I don't know if CT can say they've truly abolished the death penalty, but it's a step in the right direc.

laura k said...

That's disturbing. I guess the same thing would hold in reverse - if a person had been convicted, and the death penalty later became law, they couldn't legally be executed retroactively.

My guess and hope is that the governor will commute those people's sentences. He actually pushed hard for this to pass, according to Amnesty. That's a good reason to hope those 11 lives will be spared.

freewomansholyinheritance said...

I hope so, Laura. However, this is AWEsome, as it stands!