Illinois is likely to end the death penalty. The senate approved the ban on capital punishment, and the bill has been sent to Governor Pat Quinn to be signed.
Once the bill is signed, Illinois will become the first state to abolish the death penalty since 2009 when New Mexico abolished it. The state has had a moratorium on capital punishment since January 2000 because several Death Row inmates were found innocent.
Jeremy Schroeder of the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty said, "We've had 20 innocent people on Death Row. It's time to be done with the moratorium and do the right thing." It is completely unacceptable that 20 innocent people were sentenced to death. There have been too many mistakes made in Illinois.
It is not 100% certain that Governor Quinn will sign the bill because he has said that he does support execution for the worst crimes. However, it is very likely that he will. If he does, Illinois will join the 15 other U.S. states and the District of Columbia who do not use the death penalty. Overall, U.S. executions have declined by 12 percent in the last year.
Would you support the end of the death penalty in your state? What do you think about innocent people who spend time on death row or who are executed?
Photo Source: World Coalition Against The Death Penalty
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