Repeal Of Death Penalty Clears Key Legislative Committee

Bill Now Advances To State House

The legislature’s judiciary committee Tuesday endorsed a bill to repeal the state’s death penalty statute, setting up a battle over the future of capital punishment in Connecticut.

The committee’s approval was expected and came after nearly two hours of discussion.

Ben Jones, executive director of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, hailed the vote, saying it brings Connecticut a step closer to eliminating a failed public policy.

The measure, which needs approval from both the House and the Senate, would replace the death penalty with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of release. The House will take it up first.

 

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