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Amnesty Applauds Abolition Of The Death Penalty

Amnesty International Applauds New Jersey Votes Toward Abolition of the Death Penalty

Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA, issued the following statement today after two key votes in New Jersey for abolition of the death penalty.

"Amnesty International applauds this historic step toward death penalty abolition. The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee and the full Senate have recognized that it is just plain wrong to take a life when there is even the smallest possibility of innocence. Diverse groups, from victims' families and police officers to academics and the public at-large, are fed up with a system that is incredibly costly and leaves too much room for human error. Eliminating the death penalty would free up taxpayer dollars that have supported this system, thereby paving the way for effective crime prevention. We urge the full Assembly to recognize that the death penalty is not in New Jersey's best interest and vote for abolition on Thursday."


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