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Letter: A broken policy

On April 17, in a historic and disappointing vote, the New Hampshire Senate voted 12-12 against repeal of the state’s death penalty statute.

Maybe it is easy for our senators to think of this decision in abstract terms.

The reality is that New Hampshire is facing the possibility of asking our corrections officers to execute a death row inmate with an untried trio of poorly regulated drugs.

European drug manufacturers refuse to export the drugs previously used in executions. On Tuesday, April 29, there was a botched execution in Oklahoma, which followed a botched execution that took place in Ohio in January.

The use of poorly regulated drugs and the lack of transparency by state governments about their identity and origin raises serious constitutional issues about adequate due process and the use of cruel and unusual punishments.

The first is guaranteed and the second is prohibited by our Constitution. The repeal of the death penalty in New Hampshire should continue to be a trans-partisan issue of the utmost urgency. I call on our representatives and senators to work together to quickly rid New Hampshire of this flawed and broken public policy.

MARTHA HUNT

North Sutton

This is far from over. Any NH Senator can change their mind and that would be enough votes to recall the bill, and pass it. Maggie Hassan, then, unlike Jeanne Shaheen so many years ago, would sign it. Had Shaheen signed the repeal back then the state would have saved millions of dollars and a lot of trouble. Ending the death penalty is inevitable. Sooner would be better than later.

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