Murder victims’ relatives, a retired prison warden, and a former death row inmate were among dozens who urged a Connecticut legislative committee to end the death penalty, the Hartford Courant reports. Almost all the 75 speakers at a hearing backed a proposal to make life in prison without release the worst punishment. “I’m here to tell you that I never met an inmate for whom I had no hope,” said Mary Morgan Wolff, a retired state deputy warden.
The hearing occurred on a day when the state’s attempts to execute its first inmate since 1960 – serial murderer Michael Ross – ground to a temporary halt. Gov. M. Jodi Rell continues to favor capital punishment. Yesterday, speakers told committee members that state-sponsored execution brings no relief to victims’ families, sanctions killing, doesn’t deter murder, and can’t be undone if someone is later found innocent.