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NH Religious Leaders Call for Death Penalty Repeal PDF Print E-mail
Religious leaders, police officers, attorneys and family members of homicide victims urged New Hampshire lawmakers this month to repeal the state's death penalty law.

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Kansas Death Penalty Hearing Touches Deep Emotions PDF Print E-mail
From the Kansas City Star

TOPEKA — In a two-hour hearing of tearful testimony from families of victims and men falsely convicted of murder, state senators got their first look at a bill to repeal the death penalty in Kansas.

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New Poll PDF Print E-mail
Younger Christians Less Supportive of the Death Penalty

Jan. 2014 - Only 23 percent of practicing Christian millennials support the death penalty, according to a new poll reported on by the Religion News Service. Read the full article here.
 
Catholic conference praises Maryland's abolishment of death penalty PDF Print E-mail
May 3, 2013

By Richard Szczepanowski
Catholic Standard

Maryland became the 18th state in the country - and the sixth in six years - to abolish the death penalty, as Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a measure May 2 that prohibits capital punishment in the state.

The legislation, which the Maryland Catholic Conference has sought for more than two decades, goes into effect Oct. 1. Mary Ellen Russell, executive director of the MCC, called the signing "a joyful moment and long-sought victory."

"This is a very exciting day. We have been waiting for it literally for decades," Russell said. "This has been a priority (for the MCC) for years. The Church has been a leading voice for life in all its stages. And this (repeal) is consistent with our pro-life message."
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Fight Grows to Repeal Death Penalty in North Carolina PDF Print E-mail
June 28, 2012

Stephanie Carroll Carson and Dallas Heltzell
Public News Service - NC

ELKIN, N.C. - A grassroots movement to repeal North Carolina's death penalty is seen as gaining momentum.

More than 700 businesses and congregations are on record supporting a resolution asking the state to eliminate the death penalty, using the money saved to help murder victims' families and fund programs to prevent violent crimes.

A study done by a Duke University professor found that the state spends an average of $11 million a year in trial costs related to death-penalty cases.

Larry Erwin, owner of Elk Pharmacy in Elkin, added his support to the resolution last week.

"It's so costly to keep people on Death Row and go through all the trial scenarios that are involved. I think it would be a lot easier on the court system and free up a lot of court time."
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