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THIS JUST IN… Big news.  Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is poised to sign a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state.  Earlier today the state legislature passed the measure! Oh yeah!

Only 32 more states to go.

It’s time we stop killing people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong.

Below is a list of the states that still have the death penalty and the states that have abolished it (along with the year of abolition).   As a follower of the executed and risen Jesus – this is beautiful grace-filled news.

States Without the Death Penalty – 18 (year abolished)

Alaska (1957)
Connecticut (2012)
Hawaii (1957)
Illinois (2011)
Iowa (1965)
Maine (1887)
Maryland (2013)
Massachusetts (1984)
Michigan (1846)
Minnesota (1911)
New Jersey (2007)
New Mexico (2009)
New York (2007)
North Dakota (1973)
Rhode Island (1984)
Vermont (1964)
West Virginia (1965)
Wisconsin (1853)

ALSO
Dist. of Columbia (1981)

 

States With the Death Penalty – 32

Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wyoming

ALSO
– U.S. Gov’t
– U.S. Military


Shane Claiborne is a prominent author, speaker, activist, and founding member of the Simple Way.  He is one of the compilers of Common Prayer, a new resource to unite people in prayer and action. Shane is also helping develop a network called Friends Without Borders which creates opportunities for folks to come together and work together for justice from around the world. His most recent book is Red Letter Revolution, which he co-authored with Tony Campolo.

About The Author

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https://www.redletterchristians.org

Shane Claiborne is a best-selling author, renowned activist,
sought-after speaker, and self-proclaimed “recovering sinner.”
Shane writes and speaks around the world about peacemaking,
social justice, and Jesus, and is the author of numerous books
including The Irresistible Revolution, Jesus for President, and his
newest book Executing Grace. He is the visionary
leader of The Simple Way in Philadelphia, and co-director of Red Letter Christians. His work has been featured in Fox News, Esquire, SPIN, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and CNN.

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