Conn. Holds Hearings On Abolishing the Death Penalty

The Connecticut Legislature held hearings yesterday on abolishing the death penalty.

Murder victims' relatives, a retired prison warden and even a former death row inmate were among dozens Monday who spent hours urging a state legislative committee to scrap Connecticut's death penalty.

Almost all the 75 speakers at the judiciary committee's hearing in Hartford backed a proposal to abolish the death penalty and make life in prison without release the state's worst punishment.

Among the great quotes of the day:

"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 who worked 27 years for the state Department of Correction.

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