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Sunday, January 02, 2011

New Jersey commission recommended abolishing death penalty

On January 2, 2007, the New Jersey Death Penalty Commission recommended that the state abolish the death penalty, replacing it with a life sentence without the possibility of parole. A report endorsed by 12 of the 13 members of the commission concluded that there was "no compelling evidence that the New Jersey death penalty rationally serves a legitimate penological intent," although there was "increasing evidence that the death penalty is inconsistent with evolving standards of decency." New Jersey later abolished the death penalty.

Learn more about the death penalty from the JURIST news archive.

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