The Connecticut state house is expected to follow the state Senate and pass legislation abolishing the death penalty. Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy has promised to sign the legislation – making Connecticut the fifth state in the last five years to abolish the death penalty. The United States is the only western democracy in the world that still puts its citizens to death – and we do so at an alarmingly high rate.
We're right up there with China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq in how many people we put to death each year - all countries run by authoritarian and/or religious governments. According to our Constitution, we're neither. It’s time for other states to join Connecticut and end the death penalty – a scar on a criminal justice system.