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(Jan 02, 2008) On December 17, Governor Jon Corzine of New Jersey signed legislation abolishing the death penalty and replacing it with life in prison without eligibility of parole. According to a press release issued by the Governor, "New Jersey is the first state in the nation to enact a law to end use of the death penalty since it was reinstated by the United States Supreme Court in 1976. To ensure that the intent of the legislation was fully carried out as to the eight remaining inmates on death row, on Sunday evening Governor Corzine commuted the sentences of those inmates to life in prison without parole." (An Act to Eliminate the Death Penalty and Allow for Life Imprisonment Without Eligibility for Parole, Revising Various Parts of the Statutory Law, Repealing P.L.1983, c.245, and Supplementing Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes, 2007 N.J. Laws C. 204 (Dec. 17. 2007), available at; Governor Corzine's Press Release of Dec. 17, 2007 available at

Author: Gary Robinson More by this author
Topic: Capital punishment More on this topic
Jurisdiction: United States More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 01/02/2008