Kudos To Connecticut: 17th State To Abolish Death Penalty

From the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP):

The Connecticut House has just passed  LCO 3121/SB 280, An Act Revising the Penalty for Capital Felonies, with a bi-partisan vote of 86 to 62. The legislation is expected to be signed into law by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. When he does, Connecticut will be the 17th state to have abandoned the death penalty! 

This victory in Connecticut demonstrates the growing momentum to end capital punishment in the United States. The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty congratulates its Connecticut Affiliate, the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, and its allies and partners. This has been a long time coming. Thank you to each and every person who played a role in making this happen, no matter how small.

This will eventually happen in every state, as there is evidence that states without capital punishment have had lower murder rates for at least the past two decades (a causal relationship? who knows, but it’s relentlessly consistent).

Texas (or maybe Florida… no, Texas) will be the last to let it go, I’m sure. Whatever virtues this place may have (and there are some, no matter what you may have heard), Texas, especially Harris County (City of Houston), is home to a bloodthirsty bunch. If they could bring back the guillotine, I am sure they would do it in a moment. So we will be last. But the change will happen. On that day, America will join the civilized world. (Well, maybe THAT is too strong a statement… but at least capital punishment will no longer prevent us from taking a place among the civilized nations.)

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