Should New Jersey Reinstate Death Penalty?

Gruesome murder in Monroe Township sparks debate seven years after state abolished capital punishment.

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A gruesome murder discovered in Monroe Township last week has led to the arrest and arraignment of two men who, if convicted, would face life in prison without parole.

That sentence, however, was once just an option in New Jersey rather than the only solution. In 2007, the state’s General Assembly voted 44 to 36 to abolish the death penalty and replace it with life in prison without parole as a sentence for certain crimes.

Last week’s murder involved a Camden woman and mother of two being buried alive in a field by two men who have allegedly admitted to the crime.

The Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty at the federal level in 1976, and New Jersey reinstated the practice in 1982. But the state’s last execution took place in 1963.

Capital punishment received additional scrutiny recently when an Oklahoma rapist and murderer’s lethal injection was botched due to a failed IV line which carried a drug combination considered to be inhumane, according to tulsaworld.com. Because of the bad experience, the state has bumped its next execution six months.

So, should New Jersey reinstate the death penalty?

grace May 20, 2014 at 06:45 PM
and then there are the ones taken off death row even tho many people were witnessed to the fact of a hitman being hired...allegedly. read any good books lately? maybe there will be a buy something get a free book give away this very weekend
Patrick May 20, 2014 at 11:05 PM
This is why you never pass laws when the torches are still warm...
jfc May 21, 2014 at 02:53 PM
He'll yeah, I'm for it. In fact execute the person the same way they killed their victim!
R F Hollis May 21, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Yeah, imitation is the best form of flattery.
Chris Jansen May 24, 2014 at 11:16 PM
Let's kill people to show people that killing people is bad.


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