New Jersey has not carried out an execution since 1963 even though the state re-instituted it in 1982. It seems that the state is poised to abolish it, a move that predictably is not making everyone happy. Will other states follow what has become an international trend?
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The United Nations has adopted a resolution calling on member nations to impose a moratorium on executions, among other policy issues. It seems that the State of New Jersey is poised to do what 37 other states and the federal government are unwilling to do - abolish the death penalty.
More countries are abolishing the death penalty than ever before. Just a few "rogue" states, including the U.S., account for the vast majority of executions. So we are associated with some pretty undesirable company through our continued use of the death penalty.
In the mean time, New Jersey is poised to formally abolish the death penalty. The impact of this action will result in the ability to redirect funds to other, more effective crime control policies. This benefit is just one out of many that await the citizens of New Jersey.