“It’s a day of progress for the state of New Jersey and for the millions of people across our nation and around the globe who reject the death penalty as a moral or practical response to the grievous, even heinous, crime of murder.”
~NJ Governor Jon Corzine
The State of New Jersey took a courageous stance on Monday by becoming the first US state in over four decades to end the use of the death penalty. Following this act, the United Nations called for a “moratorium on the death penalty” with the ultimate goal of abolishing the practice. Really interesting news, and an example of how individual states can take the lead on progressive policies that the federal government refuses to tackle.