Connecticut becomes 17th state to abolish death penalty
April 25th, 2012
03:20 PM ET

Connecticut becomes 17th state to abolish death penalty

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill into law Wednesday that abolishes the death penalty, making his state the 17th in the nation to abandon capital punishment and the fifth in five years to usher in a repeal.

The law is effective immediately, though prospective in nature, meaning that it would not apply to those already sentenced to death. It replaces the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of release as the state's highest form of punishment.

"Although it is an historic moment - Connecticut joins 16 other states and the rest of the industrialized world by taking this action - it is a moment for sober reflection, not celebration," Malloy (pictured) said in a statement.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I do not think that this is a moment for celebration at all.
    There are appropriate times for the death penalty.
    I know almost every argument that will be raised on each side of this argument. I prefer to live in a state that has and uses a death penalty.

    April 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. citizen

    Death penalty is retribution. Exists for no other reason.
    Life with no possibility of parole is a far better option in keeping with a modern society.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank


      The victims of Murders are worm food and the Murder get to breath,3 meals a day,cable TV,

      April 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    That's fine. Retribution will do.
    Retributive justice functions where restorative justice is impossible.
    I disagree that retribution is the only purpose served by a properly used death penalty.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. citizen

    It is no deterrent.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The death penalty would deter me.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Your c/p tactic is juvenile, belying any belief that you could possibly understand what 'intelligent discourse' actually is.
    Grow up.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ the person who wrote the 9:43 PM banasy© post, even if banasy:
    Your nicely composed sentence is irrational.

    April 26, 2012 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Madame Royale

      Thank you, JIF.
      That was in reply to a post made by a hijacker that has since been deleted, I am sure, before you posted.
      I am sure she appreciates you stamp of approval that the sentence was nicely composed.

      April 26, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |