Death Penalty in the U.S.

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Death Penalty in the U.S.

New Jersey

Published: Feb 09, 2015

In 2006, New Jersey became the first state to leg­isla­tive­ly impose a mora­to­ri­um on exe­cu­tions. This mora­to­ri­um would be the pre­cur­sor to the state’s abo­li­tion of the death penal­ty in 2007.…

Death Penalty in the U.S.

Rhode Island

Published: Feb 09, 2015

A cap­i­tal mur­der tri­al wrought with prej­u­dice in the 18th cen­tu­ry set the foun­da­tion for a state that would abol­ish the death penal­ty twice in the next 200 years. This abo­li­tion­ist cul­ture led to con­tro­ver­sy when Governor Lincoln Chafee refused to…

Death Penalty in the U.S.

District of Columbia

Published: Oct 31, 2014

The District of Columbia is a spe­cial area that has over­sight on both the local and fed­er­al lev­els. This unique sta­tus has led to a dynam­ic with the death penal­ty that is not found in any state in the US.…

Death Penalty in the U.S.

Massachusetts

Published: Oct 31, 2014

Massachusetts has a long his­to­ry of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment ever since it was an English colony in the 17th cen­tu­ry. However, a famous case involv­ing two Italian immi­grants may have been the turn­ing point against cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in Massachusetts.

Death Penalty in the U.S.

Iowa

Published: Oct 24, 2014

Uncivilized and impos­si­ble to enforce.” This was the sen­ti­ment of Iowa in 1872 when the state ini­tial­ly abol­ished cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. What fol­lowed was a series of events that led to the rein­state­ment, and sec­ond abo­li­tion of the death penalty.