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Illinois Abolishes Death Penalty

In Breaking News, EOTM News, Politics on March 10, 2011 at 1:15 am

By: Tawanda Cawthon





Illinois has banned the death penalty, becoming the sixteenth state to abolish capital punishment for convicted prisoners. Gov. Patrick Quinn signed the bill to end the practice and commuted the sentences of 15 inmates who had been on the state’s Death Row.

The abolition of the death penalty in Illinois has been in the making for 11 years. It was in the year 2000 that then-Gov.George Ryan issued a moratorium on executions, after 13 inmates condemned to death had their sentences overturned.

Later, Ryan would clear death row. Since then, the state has approved several reforms but the state’s current governor, Patrick Quinn, said he signed the bill abolishing the death penalty because it is a system that’s impossible to make perfect.


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