Connecticut death penalty repealed

Connecticut death penalty repealed

POSTED: Friday, April 27, 2012 - 8:40pm

UPDATED: Friday, April 27, 2012 - 8:44pm

(CNN) -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has signed a bill into law that abolishes the death penalty, making his state the 17th in the nation to abandon capital punishment.

The law is effective immediately, though prospective in nature, meaning that it would not apply to those already sentenced to death. It replaces the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of release as the state's highest form of punishment.

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