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CT Abolishes State’s Death Penalty

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Connecticut's governor has signed a new law that abolishes the state's death penalty for future crimes. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

A spokeswoman says Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed the bill Wednesday afternoon at a private ceremony with lawmakers, clergy and family members of victims.

Malloy issued a statement calling it "an historic moment" as Connecticut joins 16 other states that have abolished capital punishment. He said it was a moment "for sober reflection, not celebration."

The law replaced the death penalty with a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of release. It does not affect the sentences of the 11 inmates already on Connecticut's death row.

A former prosecutor, Malloy said his position on the death penalty has evolved over the years.

Lucas Willard, WAMC News.

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Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.