New Jersey Moves To Ban Capital Punishment
The State of New Jersey is taking action to ban capital punishment and would be the first state to legislatively abolish execution since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to reinstate the death penalty in 1976.
New Jersey officially reinstated capital punishment in 1982 but has not executed anyone since 1963. The State Legislature adopted a moratorium on executions in December, 2005. As part of the measure, a commission was created that studied the death penalty. The current proposal to ban execution comes from the work of that commission.