Dec 17, 2007
The New Jersey state legislature voted to repeal the death penalty on December 13. Governor Jon S. Corzine is expected to sign the bill as early as Monday December 16.
In repealing the death penalty, New Jersey became the first state to do so since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976.
Thirteen other states have banned the death penalty for decades, or have never allowed it, going back to Michigan, which had banned it in 1846, even before Michigan became a state.
Congratulations to the New Jersey legislature for finally coming out of the Dark Ages by banning such a barbaric practice. Now maybe the remaining 36 states will catch up!