New Jersey will be the first state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty, as Governor Jon Corzine has promised to sign the bill passed by lawmakers.
The state has been investigating the usefulness of capital punishment and issued a report claiming that it does not effectively prevent violence and carries a large risk of executing innocent individuals.
The last states to ban the death penalty were West Virginia and Iowa way back in 1965. Still, 37 states continue to use the death penalty, causing 1,100 executions since it became legal again in 1976.
Side note: More than half of the Democratic presidential candidates are in support of the death penalty. Who are they? Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, and Bill Richardson. That’s nearly the same percentage of support as among Republican candidates. Something seems wrong there.