Connecticut Says Death Penalty Unconstitutional

There was another recent victory in Amnesty International’s campaign against the death penalty. The state of Connecticut in the United States has ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional in any case. They put a ban on executions in 2012, but intended to make an exception for the 11 inmates who were already on death row at the time.

 

The recent decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court says that there are no exceptions. This means that the 11 inmates in question no longer face execution. This decision is monumental in the fight against the death penalty, and it sends a strong statement to the rest of the nation. Now, 19 states and the District of Columbia have fully banned capital punishment.

 

Fewer and fewer executions are being carried out in the US. In fact, only seven states had any executions in 2014, and Amnesty International expects that number to be even lower in 2015. About 80% of all prisoner executions are taking place in only three states. Even better news is that fewer death sentences are even being handed down, with many states favoring life in prison over capital punishment. This is exactly the trend Amnesty International has been campaigning for.

 

Amnesty International believes the death penalty is the ultimate form of cruel and unusual punishment, and studies show that the threat of the death penalty is not effective in reducing violent crime. The goal is for the US to abolish the death penalty completely and join the other 140 nations worldwide who have done so at least in practice, if not fully in law.

 

Help support Amnesty International’s campaign against the death penalty. There are still many inmates sitting on death row, and each capital case is important. You can read more about the Connecticut ruling here:

 

http://www.amnestyusa.org/news/press-releases/amnesty-international-usa-statement-on-connecticut-supreme-court-death-penalty-decision?ac=feature

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