I was proud to be a resident of the State of New Jersey yesterday as Governor Corzine signed into law the abolishment of capital punishment.
New Jersey is the first state since 1976 — when the Supreme Court reinstalled capital punishment as an option — to legislatively abolish the death penalty. New Jersey hasn’t murdered any inmates since 1963 even though eight people were on death row. A State is required to be better than its people.
Currently, 36 other states currently kill their citizens. State-sponsored executions have always been an anathema to freedom loving people who rebel against heightened immorality, unfair administrative convictions, and a frustrated and broken system of justice that chooses death over life out of desperation and not need. The death penalty deterred nothing. Now New Jersey will provide a life sentence without the possibility of parole, and that policy is not only a moral victory, but a win for science as well.
With the rise of DNA testing, and inmate exoneration, current “death sentences” have been, and shall be, repudiated, with genetic evidence. This month alone, two people in other states had their death sentences overturned, and in one case the defendant was found “not guilty” after a new trial. When a State wrongly executes someone based on bad information or by using outdated technology — bits of the living die as well.
Now, with New Jersey’s death moratorium, all avenues of protection are preserved in the name of human justice and that is something every citizen of the world must celebrate.