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League of Women Voters To Sponsor Death Penalty Discussion



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League of Women Voters To Sponsor Death Penalty Discussion

MONROE — An informational workshop about the death penalty will be sponsored by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of the Bridgeport Area on Tuesday, March 20, from 7 to 8:30 pm, at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 733 Monroe Turnpike. The league is a nonpartisan political organization of men and women who work to increase understanding of major public policy issues.

The League of Women Voters of Connecticut (LWVCT) undertook a study of the death penalty in the state and published their findings in 2006. The League believes that capital punishment should not be a sentencing option for murder or any other crime.

A sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of release is punishment that ensures public safety without raising the many complex problems associated with the death penalty. Until the death penalty in Connecticut is abolished, the League of Woman Voters supports an immediate moratorium on execution.

LWVCT Death Penalty Specialist Ellen McBride participated in that study and will be one of the featured speakers on March 20. She will be joined by Kristin Bollig of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Connecticut’s Judiciary Committee has once again proposed repeal legislation that would abolish the death penalty in the state. The March 20 workshop is being held because the LWV recognizes the complexity of this issue and the importance of raising awareness of the facts so that voters can provide input to their state representatives who will be making this decision.

All are welcome to join this session. For more information, email lwvct@lwvct.org or call 203-452-5507.

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