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On the Repeal of Capital Punishment

Mar 9, 2011

On the day Illinois is expected to abolish the death  penalty, Connecticut lawmakers are grappling with the same question.

Democrats in this state who want to repeal the law allowing executions feel this is their year - with a Governor who says he’ll sign a “prospective” law.  But many people from both parties want to keep the punishment as a tool for prosecutors.

At a public hearing this week lawmakers on both sides heard from Dr. William Petit, the sole survivor of a triple homicide that cost his his family.  He wants to preserve the death penalty - and polls show that most state residents agree.

Today, where we live, we’ll consider the politics and policy of the death penalty, and whether it works as a deterrent.

We’ll also look at what a Supreme Court ruling this week might mean for future death row inmates, and we’ll check in with a Chicago Tribune columnist about Illinois’ decision to repeal the death penalty.