What Do You Think of Legislature's Decision to Repeal Death Penalty?

The Connecticut House of Representatives voted to repeal the state's death penalty Wednesday, sending the bill to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for approval.

The Connecticut House of Representatives voted 86-62 to abolish the state's death penalty late Wednesday after more than nine hours of contentious debate, according to the Hartford Courant

Despite outcries from to keep the law in place, the State Senate also voted 20-16 in favor of repeal last week as well. The bill will now go to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has indicated in the past he would sign such a bill should it reach his desk and reiterated his support for repeal in a statement late Wednesday. 

“I’m pleased the House passed the bill, and when it gets to my desk I will sign it," Malloy said in a statement Wednesday. “I want to be careful in the tone of my remarks, out of respect for the gravity of the issue at hand and out of respect for people on both sides of the issue.

"When I sign this bill, Connecticut will join 16 other states and almost every other industrialized nation in moving toward what I believe is better public policy. For decades, we have not had a workable death penalty. Only one person’s been executed in Connecticut in the last 52 years, and he volunteered for it. Going forward, we will have a system that allows us to put these people away for life, in living conditions none of us would want to experience. Let’s throw away the key and have them spend the rest of their natural lives in jail.”

But how do you feel about repeal of the death penalty in Connecticut? Take part in our Patch Poll on the subject and then share your opinion in the comments section below.

My Opinion April 12, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Assinine, that's what I think of those Sentors andRepresentatives of the vote on this subject. I will NOT vote for them again!
Sisuman April 12, 2012 at 02:20 PM
It is true that the current death penaly law does not work as wished. However, being one blink away from death for years must be a harrowing and deservedly so. Having these people simply losing their freedom while hanging out in boot camp with all the modern emenities and endless parole and lawyer opportunities is a counter crime against all humanity. If someone goes into a house and murders they can be killed in return in defense. Why is it different for society in general? We should leave it to the family of the victims to decide their fate after a trial.
John Hall April 13, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I am very grateful to our elected leaders who voted for repeal. It's about time!


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