March 10 2011 Organizing Update

Thursday, March 10, 2011
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Winning Abolition in Illinois!

Marlene Martin

Yesterday was a great moment in history as Illinois joined the 15 other states without the death penalty. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation abolishing the death penalty, and he also commuted the death sentences of all 14 men who were on death row since former Gov. George Ryan issued a blanket commutation in 2003.
"This is a wonderful day," said Nathson Fields, an exonerated death row prisoner who spent 18 years in prison, 11 of them on death row. It's so good to know that no other person will have to go through what I went though. No one will have to go through that pain and that just makes me so happy."