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Letter: Repeal the death penalty


Friday, August 10, 2018

Senate Bill 593, a bill to abolish the death penalty in New Hampshire, passed both the House and the Senate this past session, with bipartisan support, but was vetoed by Gov. Chris Sununu in June.

The Senate and House will meet on Sept. 13 to vote on whether to override or sustain bills passed earlier this year but vetoed by the governor. This requires a two-thirds majority in both chambers or 16 votes in the Senate and two-thirds of however many representatives show up on the day of the vote.

I was pleased to see that my two representatives (Reps. Barbara Comtois and Raymond Howard) voted yes on the repeal bill. Though I don’t get to say it often, I thank them both and hope they will be there to vote to override the veto. My senator, James Gray, however, voted nay on SB 593. I urge him to reconsider.

The facts are that the death penalty kills innocent people, does not deter crime, is extremely costly to taxpayers, unfairly targets the poor and minorities, has failed victims’ families and has rapidly diminishing public support. The time has come to end the death penalty. It is not justice.

You can see how your representative voted at gencourt.state.nh.us (search for SB 593). You can also find contact information there for your senator and representatives. Please call or email and urge them to override the veto and repeal the death penalty. It is the right thing to do.

SUZANNE ALLISON

Barnstead