Connecticut will be the fifth in five years to do away with it. The high cost to taxpayers is increasingly a factor.
Credit: Mark Mirko, Hartford Courant / April 4, 2012
Victoria Coward, whose son was murdered in 2007, supports the Connecticut Legislature's decision to end capital punishment. Her son's killer is serving a 30-year sentence under a plea deal she agreed to.
By: Dalina Castellanos
Los Angeles Times
Saturday, April 14, 2012
The fight against the death penalty is gaining momentum, opponents of the practice say, with Connecticut's decision this month to abolish capital punishment making it the fifth state in five years to so do.
"For this to be happening in succession, and coupled with the decline in death penalty convictions, it creates a momentum that other states will at least consider to be a part of," said Richard Dieter, executive director of the independent Death Penalty Information Center.