Patch Poll: What Do You Think of the Legislature's Decision to Repeal the 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.

joel mccaann April 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
If the state does not use it, better to go with life no parole in isolation. cost less in the long run than going thru all the appeals and still they just stay in prison.
Bill W April 23, 2012 at 08:18 PM
You are judged by the horrible company you keep. Death Penalty countries: •Afghanistan •Antigua and Barbuda •Bahamas •Bahrain •Bangladesh •Barbados •Belarus •Belize •Botswana •Chad •China (People's Republic) •Comoros •Congo (Democratic Republic) •Cuba •Dominica •Egypt •Equatorial Guinea •Ethiopia •Guinea •Guyana •India •Indonesia •Iran •Iraq •Jamaica •Japan •Jordan •Kuwait •Lebanon •Lesotho •Libya •Malaysia •Mongolia •Nigeria •North Korea •Oman •Pakistan •Palestinian Authority •Qatar •St. Kitts and Nevis •St. Lucia •St. Vincent and the Grenadines •Saudi Arabia •Sierra Leone •Singapore •Somalia •Sudan •Syria •Taiwan •Thailand •Trinidad and Tobago •Uganda •United Arab Emirates •United States •Vietnam •Yemen •Zimbabwe Read more: The Death Penalty Worldwide — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777460.html#ixzz1stejIbtf
Bill W April 23, 2012 at 08:18 PM
If your argument has the slightest merit, there would be no capital crimes in Texas.
charles April 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I support the decision to abolish the death penalty. Personally, I believe that rightfully convicted capital felons deserve to experience what they did to others, but you have to remember the reason why we convicted them in the first place. What kind of example are we setting by doing something to them that we disapproved of their doing to others?
Valencia Giovanni April 30, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Percy, I'm sorry for your loss and I agree with you. Living in Enfield at the time when Michael Ross was executed I witnessed the bus loads of anti-death penalty church folk filing in and the sea of candles being lit for him. I asked "Where are the candles for the girls he murdered?" This prompted us to walk to the prison gates with these people and represent the victims as they seem to be forgotten. I think It's about a moment in time. Had he been executed closer to when he committed these crimes the murders would have still been fresh on the minds of CT's citizens. Unfortunately too much time passed and the horror of these crimes was forgotten. Yes murderers should most certainly be proven guilty beyond the shadow of a doubt and then if determined by a court of law, put to death expeditiously.


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