Contact: Lawrence Cook
April 4, 2012
Senate leaders announced today their intention to call an amendment, as part of a vote to repeal capital punishment in Connecticut, that will establish tough new conditions for individuals convicted of Murder with Special Circumstances.
Upon conviction, the inmate shall be subject to the following:
“The punishment of life in prison without the possibility of release makes more sense,” said Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn). “These inmates will face conditions that are similar to and in some cases more severe than conditions on death row. It is a punishment and sentence that is certain and final.”
The conditions of confinement for inmates during their entire term of life in prison without release, including time at a Maximum Security Prison, shall include but not be limited to:
“The death penalty, as a punishment, is deeply flawed in many ways,” said Senator Eric Coleman (D-Bloomfield), Senate Chair of the Judiciary Committee. It is a poor deterrent to crime, inequitably applied across racial and economic lines, and a fundamental contradiction—killing as a punishment for killing. Connecticut rarely executes its prisoners, and the time has come to stop issuing such a misguided punishment.”
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