On a voice vote this morning the New Hampshire Senate did not pass Senate Bill 202 which included an amendment to repeal the death penalty. This legislative session the New Hampshire House voted twice to pass legislation that would repeal the death penalty, and last month the Senate vote on the issue ended in a 12 – 12 tie, tabling the bill. Governor Hassan has expressed her support for the repeal legislation.
“While the New Hampshire Senate did not vote to repeal the death penalty today the fight does not end here. We know from recent successes in states like Maryland and Connecticut that every year, every legislative session we continue to gain support as more legislators learn about the flaws and failures of the death penalty,” said Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. “Americans will no longer sit silently as disasters of justice continue like we saw last month in Oklahoma. State by state we are organizing and mobilizing broad coalitions of individuals and organizations who oppose the death penalty. The issue coalesces supporters from across the faith, social justice, and political spectrum. The time to halt all executions in this country has come.”
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is very proud of the work of the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and honored to stand with bill sponsor Representative Renny Cushing. Mr. Cushing is the founder and executive director of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights and a former NCADP board member. “If we let those who kill turn us into killers,” he said on the New Hampshire House floor, “evil triumphs, violence triumphs and things just get worse.”
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty pledges our continued support to the policy makers and citizens of New Hampshire who are working to give New Hampshire the criminal justice system it deserves: one that no longer risks executing the innocent or executing people unfairly. It's not a question of whether or not the death penalty will be repealed in New Hampshire; it's a question of when.