New Hampshire Abolishes the Death Penalty

Death Penalty Syringe

This week, New Hampshire became the 21st state to abolish the death penalty, following a state Senate vote to override a veto by Gov. Chris Sununu (R). The veto override, which required a two-thirds majority vote from both chambers, narrowly passed.

New Hampshire hasn't executed anyone since 1939 and currently only has one prisoner on death row (the repeal will not retroactively apply to his case). With this repeal, the death penalty is now outlawed across New England. Capital punishment remains legal in 29 states, but 10 of those states haven't executed anyone in more than a decade.

June 3, 2019 - 7:42am
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