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Poll: What Do You Think of the Legislature's Decision to Repeal the Death Penalty?

The Connecticut House of Representatives voted to repeal the state's death penalty Wednesday, sending the bill to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for approval.

The Connecticut House of Representatives voted 86-62 to abolish the state's death penalty late Wednesday after more than nine hours of contentious debate, according to the Hartford Courant.

Despite outcries from to keep the law in place, the State Senate also voted 20-16 in favor of repeal last week as well.

The bill will now go to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who has indicated in the past he would sign such a bill should it reach his desk and reiterated his support for repeal in a statement late Wednesday. 

"I'm pleased the House passed the bill, and when it gets to my desk I will sign it," Malloy said in a statement Wednesday. "I want to be careful in the tone of my remarks, out of respect for the gravity of the issue at hand and out of respect for people on both sides of the issue."

"When I sign this bill, Connecticut will join 16 other states and almost every other industrialized nation in moving toward what I believe is better public policy," Malloy continued. "For decades, we have not had a workable death penalty. Only one person's been executed in Connecticut in the last 52 years, and he volunteered for it. Going forward, we will have a system that allows us to put these people away for life, in living conditions none of us would want to experience. Let's throw away the key and have them spend the rest of their natural lives in jail."

But how do YOU feel about the repeal of the death penalty in Connecticut? Take part in our poll on the subject and then share your opinion in the comments section below.

Richard Poulton April 12, 2012 at 05:37 PM
We have a gutless group of elected officials who continue to make such laws based on their own political agendas instead of actually doing what the majority want. But the problem also falls to the voters for sending them back year after year.
christina greek April 12, 2012 at 05:43 PM
its not eye for an eye tooth for a tooth were not someone to t ake a persons life away just because they ended someone elses let them live in solitare for the rest of their lives
Richard Poulton April 12, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Tell that to the father of the 17 yr old girl raped, killed, then dismembered, about to be executed in FLA. This man admitted killing 5 girls and is also a known serial rapist. Been on D.R. since 1983, there's the problem. Just wait, God forbid, there is another Cheshire type incident, and there will be I'm sorry to say, in the future, and I can't wait for the politricians to explain to relatives why there is no DP. I'm sorry, I am no bleeding heart.
George Kenyon April 13, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Cubellotti for State Rep! Albis obviously decided to not represent our town and pushed his parties agenda including being one of the first to vote AGAINST an amendment allowing the voters to voice their position on the november ballot. Time to bounce him from office.
Lise Cavallaro April 13, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Sorry..we need the death penalty. I agree with Richard.
Captain Blood April 13, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Only one Person has been put to death in 51 years in the State of Connecticut and he wanted to die. If they could make it a true Death Penalty then by all means we need it. But to keep them alive year after year and letting there Victims Family's live the crime all over again at each appeal was not fair to them. Now they can rot in jail for life and know one ever has to hear or see there names again.print or on TV.

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