Capital Punishment Banned in Connecticut, Future Executions Come to a Halt

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In a once-and-for-all declaration, Connecticut recently voted that the death penalty violates the state's constitution and prohibits any future planned executions of inmates on death row.

The ruling came from Connecticut's Supreme Court on Thursday in a 4-3 vote in favor of banning future executions after the state "repealed the death penalty, but did not spare those already sentenced to die", according to Common Dreams.

According to the Supreme Court, it concluded that cruel and unusual punishment was a clear violation of the state's constitution siting: "the freakishness with which the sentence of death is imposed; the rarity with which it is carried out; and the racial, ethnic, and socio-economic biases that likely are inherent in any discretionary death penalty system."

This issue was brought to Connecticut's Supreme Court through an appeal by Eduardo Santiago, a man who is currently on death row within the state's prison system.

Activists are elated with the court's decision to no longer include the killing of prisoners as part of Connecticut's justice system.

Now that Connecticut joins the list, which state will be next to abolish the death penalty?


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