BREAKING: Connecticut Abolishes Death Penalty


Connecticut made history today as Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill into law abolishing the death penalty. Connecticut is now the 17th state in the nation to abandon capital punishment and the fifth state in as many years to bring a repeal.

“Although it is an historic moment — Connecticut joins 16 other states and the rest of the industrialized world by taking this action — it is a moment for sober reflection, not celebration,” Malloy said in a statement. The fact that capital punishment is effectively “unworkable” was a big driving part of his decision. “In the last 52 years, only two people have been put to death in Connecticut — and both of them volunteered for it,” Malloy said. “Instead, the people of this state pay for appeal after appeal, and then watch time and again as defendants are marched in front of the cameras, giving them a platform of public attention they don’t deserve.”

The law is effective immediately, but it does not apply retroactively to those already sentenced to death. Instead it replaces the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of release as the state’s toughest criminal sentence.

The state currently has 11 people on death row.

In the last five years, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Illinois have repealed the death  penalty and California voters will decide the issue in November.


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Alice D.
Alice C4 years ago

Thank you for this good news.

Patricia P.
Patricia P5 years ago

We don't teach others to respect life by taking it.

Jennifer S.
Jennifer S.5 years ago

Bravo Connecticut. The death penalty is a terrible thing. The leading form (lethal injection) was developed by the Nazis. The anesthetic is not always administered correctly so the victim is sometimes aware of what is happening. All of the other means of execution are horrible ways to die. It doesn't bring real closure to the family and it does not bring the dead back to life. Many of the civilized countries of the world have done away with it and we look like barbarians because we keep it. There have been many cases where the person was innocent and was sent to death or death row because of prosecutorial misconduct. According to the Innocence Project 297 people on death row have been exonerated based on DNA and other evidence. When the state executes a person they kill in our name. When the state kills an innocent person then we're all murderers.

The Death Penalty also does not lower the crime rate. In Texas where we kill people at quite a clip the death penalty has not done anything to lower our states rates of violent crime. So basically all the arguments for keeping the death penalty are bad arguments. Locking someone away for life keeps them away from the rest of society and punishes them (however long they live) for their crime. And if they're innocent they have the rest of their life to prove it.

Mark Jeffrey
Mark Jeffrey5 years ago

Christeen A
It costs 4 times as much to murder someone (your beloved death penalty) than it does to keep them in prison for life.
It shows just how much you know about this issue - so until you know what you are talking about - I suggest you shut the hell up...

Sandra K.
Sandra T5 years ago

Christeen A: Do you mean to tell me, or anybody for that matter, that money holds more value than human life? You've truly got quite a twisted set of values and ethics if that's the case.

Very happy to hear that another state has gotten rid of the death penalty. 'Legal' executions in the US are no more moral or justified than executions in countries such as Iran & other Islamic countries. Yet I doubt I'd find many 'true Americans', as some like to call themselves, vote to institute shariah law. This is a very important step for the US. I very much hope one day that all US states will have abolished the death penalty.

Dominic C.
Dominic C5 years ago

All I can say to Conn is "Welcome to the civilized world."

Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas5 years ago

glenn, executing an innocent person is murder, yet when the state does it, nobody is held accountable. who do we charge for murder when an innocent person is executed? are you willing to step forward and accept responsibility? the judge who passed sentence? the jury who convicted him? the d.a. who prosecuted the case seeking the death penalty? the police who arrested and gathered the evidence? our constitution guarantees equal protection under the law. if that innocent person was executed then someone must be held accountable for that murder.
like ganadhi said. an eye for an eye and the next thing you know the whole world is blind.

John B.
John B5 years ago

Good news. Thanks for the article Jessica.

DeAnna Collins
DeAnna Collins5 years ago

Using violence does not solve violence. The death penalty is barbaric and should be outlawed in all 50 states.

Sharon L.
Sharon l5 years ago

90% of CT citizens did NOT want the death penalty abolished. As a citizen of CT this angers me. I am a Democrat but Malloy will not be getting my vote next time.....