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THIS JUST IN… Big news.  Connecticut abolished the death penalty yesterday.  Only 33 more states to go.

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

In a historic and courageous act, Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill on April 25, 2012 that will effectively abolish the death penalty in the state of Connecticut.  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

Alaska (1957)

Connecticut (2012)

Hawaii (1957)

Illinois (2011)

Iowa (1965)

Maine (1887)

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

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Idaho

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

North Carolina

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

Wyoming

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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.

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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 several 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, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and CNN.

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