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Connecticut Senate votes to end death penalty

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Connecticut Senate votes to end death penalty

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The state of Connecticut is a step closer to abolishing the death penalty, after its Senate voted 20-16 in favour of getting rid of capital punishment.

The body, controlled by the Democrats, debated for 10 hours before making their decision.

Connecticut’s Democratic Governor, Dannel Malloy, is against the death penalty, and has promised to sign the bill into law.

A lethal injection will be replaced with the sentence of life without parole.

However, the bill is what is known as ‘prospective’, meaning it only applies to future cases. The 11 men on Connecticut’s death row will still be executed.

The northeastern state becomes the fifth in five years to abandon the death penalty – others include Illinois and New Jersey.