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April 5, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
Early Thursday morning, after many hours of debate, the Connecticut state Senate voted 20 to 16 to approve a bill that would repeal the death penalty, positioning the state to be the 17th in the country to do so. The bill, which passed at 2:05 a.m., would replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of release for those convicted of capital offenses in the future, the Hartford Courant reported . The 11 men on Connecticut's...
June 20, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Taxpayers have spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment in California since it was reinstated in 1978, or about $308 million for each of the 13 executions carried out since then, according to a comprehensive analysis of the death penalty's costs. The examination of state, federal and local expenditures for capital cases, conducted over three years by a senior federal judge and a law professor, estimated that the additional costs of capital trials, enhanced security on death row and legal representation for the condemned adds $184 million to the budget each year.
March 15, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Maryland is moving closer to becoming the 18th state to end executions, with the House of Delegates expected to pass a bill which has already passed the Senate. Last week, the Senate passed a bill that replaces the death penalty with life in prison without parole. That passage was considered a tougher fight than approval by the House, where a vote could come Friday. Gov. Martin O'Malley, who tried to end capital punishment in 2009, has pledged to sign the bill into law. Capital punishment has been an increasingly questioned in recent years on a variety of grounds.
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