The death penalty has fallen out of fashion with most states, but this hasn’t stopped three lawmakers in Connecticut from trying to bring it back throughout the state. Republican representatives Kurt Vail, Kevin Skulczyck, and Robert Sampson have each proposed their own separate bills that would bring back capital punishment. The death penalty was abolished by the Supreme Court back in 2015 in a 4 – 3 tight decision with the statement that capital punishment “no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency and no longer serves any legitimate penological purpose”. Robert Sampson has been a long time advocate for the death penalty as he has introduced a bill to bring it back every year since 2012 when Connecticut had passed a bill to eliminate capital punishment for all future criminals. This bill had been ruled unconstitutional through the Supreme Court, which had determined that it would have to apply to every death row inmate and not just the future ones.
Sampson believes that the death penalty is a good way to deter serious crimes that are well deserving of the extreme punishment. Without that fear we may see an increase in heinous crimes since they know the worst punishment they may face will be life imprisonment. Sampson has specifically cited one home invasion that occurred back in 2007 where a mother and her two daughters were terrorized by two burglars for hours before they were killed. The father had lived but with serious injuries. These two men had been sentenced to death through a Connecticut court, but had it revoked and changed to life imprisonment once the Supreme Court ruling came in.
Many people believe that the death penalty is barbaric and is far too extreme. Some even believe that life in prison is actually a worse punishment for severe offenders than the death penalty would be. For this reason, a lot of states have created bills that have done away with the death penalty altogether. With this being a recent trend there is very little research to show how this has effected the crime rate.