Garden State Says Goodbye to Death Penalty

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.

Want more information on death penalty statistics?

New Jersey lawmakers vote to abolish death penalty – [CNN]

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6 Responses

  1. i believe our beloved barack also supports the death penalty with certain “heinous” crimes?

    can someone contradict or confirm?

  2. http://www.abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3787746&page=1

    Happened a bit ago and probably a good step forward.

    Kyle: From what I’ve read thats pretty much where he stands.

    http://www.ontheissues.org/2008/Barack_Obama_Crime.htm

  3. You’re right. Overall, he opposes the death penalty both personally and in his lawmaking. But in “The Audacity of Hope,” he says that mass murder and rape/murder of children sometimes deserve it. But:

    “On the other hand, the way capital cases were tried in Illinois at the time was so rife with error, questionable police tactics, racial bias, and shoddy lawyering, that 13 death row inmates had been exonerated.”

  4. I’d like to point out that just because Barack personally believes that there are cases in which the death penalty should be used does not mean that he thinks it should be legal. From the above quotations, I think it’s obvious that because the way capital punishment is “rife with error” he believes it should be illegal, regardless of whether or not he thinks he is justified in some cases.

    This is like how I don’t believe abortion is always right, but I do believe it should be illegal. Whether you believe in something and whether you believe something should be legal are two completely different categories.

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