HARTFORD, Conn. — The days of the death penalty in Connecticut are virtually over after the state House of Representatives voted to repeal it Wednesday night.
The bill, which would replace capital punishment with life imprisonment without the possibility of release, passed by a vote of 86-62, and comes about a week after the State Senate approved the same legislation. The bill will now be sent to Gov. Dannel Malloy, who has already announced that he would sign it, a press release from his office said.
“When I sign this bill, Connecticut will join 16 other states and almost every other industrialized nation in moving toward what I believe is better public policy,” the governor was quoted as saying in the release.
State Rep. Pat Billie-Miller, D-145 Stamford, voted in favor of the repeal, saying that the death penalty does deter crime and is morally wrong, a press release from her office said. "It is fundamentally immoral for the state to take a life. Killing for killing is just plain wrong,” Billie-Miller, said in the release.