The state of Connecticut passed a bill which ends the use of the death penalty and it was signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy. Thus his state becomes the 17th in America which ends the possibility of innocent people dying due to lack of a thorough investigation or failure to use DNA in solving a crime. I have always felt confused about the death penalty, but too many examples of innocent men and women dying due to mistakes lead me to now support life sentences.
The evidence is overwhelming that poor people lack adequate defense lawyers and due to incompetence of prejudice innocent people wind up convicted of murders they never committed. The issue today is not whether we should have or not have the death penalty, the issue is ensuring that ALL placed on trial for murder be given well trained lawyers.