New Jersey halts all executions!

By: CEDP Staff

In January, New Jersey lawmakers passed legislation requiring an immediate moratorium on all executions in the state and the creation of a study commission to examine the state’s death penalty system. This is the first time in U.S. history that a state has enacted legislation imposing a moratorium on the death penalty.

The 13- member study commission will have until November 15, 2006 to report its findings. All executions will be suspended while the study is being conducted. There are currently 10 people on New Jersey’s death row. No executions have taken place since 1963.

New Jersey now joins Illinois as the only states with a moratorium on executions. In Illinois, a moratorium was imposed by Governor George Ryan in 2000 and has been upheld ever since.

This victory in New Jersey should give confidence to abolitionists nationwide that they can fight--and win--a moratorium on executions in their own states. On to abolition!