ISSUE 1 • VOLUME 2 • APRIL 4, 2012
Connecticut Senate Democrats Announce Vote on Abolition Bill For Today!
April 4, 2012 - Connecticut Senate Democrats plan a press conference Wednesday morning to discuss the vote scheduled for later in the day on SB 280, which repeals the death penalty in that state for future crimes. The Death Penalty Information Center has background and details here. Once the bill passes the Senate, it awaits a vote in the House before Governor Malloy can sign the bill, which he has pledged to do. The Connecticut MIrror has this article.
If Connecticut ends the death penalty it will become the 5th state to do so in five years, following Illinois, New Mexico, New Jersey, and New York. Death sentences and executions are down dramatically over the decade, as more and more Americans have growing concerns about the system and how it is working. Lawmakers across the country are reconsidering the death penalty and we expect more states to follow suit in the coming year. Repeal legislation has passed or nearly passed legislative bodies in Montana, Colorado, Kansas, and New Hampshire in the last few years. Oregon instituted a moratorium on executions in November. 800,000 California voters have signed petitions to put the death penalty on the ballot this year. Ohio's Supreme Court is studying the death penalty. And states from Maryland to Texas have instituted significant reforms out of concern that the death penalty risks executing the innocent and is applied unevenly.
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty applauds the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty and its allies for their hard work to bring about this first of the final three steps toward ending execution in that state. Follow @ncadp on Twitter for updates as the day unfolds.
Thousands Sign Petition To Help Stop Oklahoma Execution Scheduled For Next Week.
April 4, 2012 - In the past several days, more than 5,000 people have added their names to an on-line petition calling on Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to reconsider her refusal to show mercy to a mentally ill man scheduled for execution on April 12. This despite a rare recommendation by the Oklahoma Board of Pardons and Parole, which voted four to one to spare Garry T. Allen, who was sentenced to die for his murder of Lawanna Gail Titsworth. There is still time to add your name to the petition - the action alert with links to more details and the petition itself is here.
Louisiana Legislators Move to Allow Prison Workers to Opt-Out of Executions
April 4, 2012 - In a remarkable development yesterday, a bill passed the Louisiana House with a 90-0 vote to allow state workers to refuse to participate in executions without risking their employment. Read an article about this in the Baton Rouge Advocate, here.
This sort of protection is long past due, and recently retired corrections officials who have participated in executions have been speaking out. Click here to see a letter sent by such individuals to the Maryland legislature.
DNA and The Death Penalty
April 4, 2012 - Last month, "Cato Unbound," an online publication of The Cato Institute, featured a series of essays by four commentators on DNA and the Death Penalty. To read it, click here.
IN THIS ISSUE
Connecticut Poised to Vote on Death Penalty Repeal Bill Today!
Petition to Stop Oklahoma Execution grows to more than 5000 signers - add your name!
Legislation Protecting Corrections Workers Opposed to Executions Passes the Louisiana House.
DNA and The Death Penalty
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