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Connecticut Abolishes Death Penalty, Bans Further Executions


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Connecticut Abolishes Death Penalty, Bans Further Executions

Sarah Lazare, staff writer

Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state's ban on cruel and unusual punishment prohibits the planned executions of 11 men on death row, thereby abolishing all capital punishment in the state.

The 4-3 decision came three years after the state passed a law that repealed the death penalty but did not spare those already sentenced to die.


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Well good. The death penalty is kind of a nonstarter in New England anyway with only one person (Michael Ross, rapist and serial killer who asked to be executed) executed in the last 55 years.


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Those are good questions. It costs more to execute someone than to house them for a lifetime, but we are talking millions either way. Not to mention violent killers killing other inmates in prison because they already have the ultimate punishment...so what is anyone going to do to them? No easy answers on this one.


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We should end the drug war on Americans and save tens of billions a year it takes to house non-violent drug users. Ending the drug war would end the crime that surrounds it. People kill for the MONEY they get from illegal drugs, NOT the drugs. It would also end the cartel's power in Mexico if drugs were legal. The bottom would drop right out of their business.

END THE DRUG WAR ON AMERICANS, and we'll have trillions of dollars left over to care for those citizens who need it.

END THE TRILLION DOLLAR INVASIONS OF NATIONS THAT AREN'T THREATS! We've invaded eleven nations in the last decade and a half that could have afforded every American health care and higher education, not to mention a solar array on every roof in the country.

END CORPORATE WELFARE TO MONSANTO, GE, BIG OIL, BIG PHARMA, and FOR-PROFIT PRISONS! Subsidize local, organic farms, industrial hemp farming, and healing modalities that actually heal instead of make citizens sicker.

These are just a few ways we can create a society FOR THE PEOPLE, INSTEAD OF THE CORPORATIONS that make TRILLIONS HARMING CITIZENS INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING THEM!

The death penalty has NEVER been a deterrent to murder. When people kill other people, they're NOT thinking of the consequences! Death penalty states have consistently higher murder rates than states without the death penalty:
http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/deterrence-states-without-death-penalty-have-had-consistently-lower-murder-rates


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Very appropriate and necessary comment. How can the USA pretend to be a democracy and a leader to others when it has such violent answers to any social problem.


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Connecticut is the Nutmeg State, not because they grow any nutmeg, but because Connecticut traders were infamous for dropping a wooden nutmeg or two in a shipment of real nutmegs.

The biggest problem with the death penalty is prosecutorial fraud. Way too many people sentenced to death have been vindicated lately (sometimes posthumously) by DNA evidence. It's good to have a state which enshrines its own ancient fraud recognize that its government's job is to minimize the fraud.