The state House of Representatives voted to abolish the death penalty after five hours of heated debate on Wednesday. In a historic vote of 90-56, they decided to impose life in prison without the possibility of release as the maximum sentence.
Opinions were strong on both sides, and many had mixed feelings. Last week’s shooting at Wesleyan was discussed as a recent killing that might call for capital punishment.
It might not actually be eliminated this year, though – Republican governor M. Jodi Rell is a staunch supporter of the death penalty and has veto power.
Connecticut currently has ten felons on death row, and only one has been executed in New England since 1960.
Hartford Courant: State House Votes to Abolish Death Penalty