National NAACP President calls for death penalty repeal
By WFSB Staff
HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB/AP) -
The president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is visiting Connecticut's state Capitol to discuss the state's death penalty repeal effort with lawmakers, local leaders and Gov. Dannel Malloy.
NAACP President Ben Jealous was originally scheduled to meet with lawmakers on Tuesday, but his visit was pushed to Thursday.
Last week, the Judiciary Committee voted in favor of the death penalty repeal. Now, the bill awaits further legislative action in the state's Senate.
The repeal effort being considered by the General Assembly would abolish the death penalty for all future cases and replace the punishment with life imprisonment.
The Connecticut chapter of the NAACP has been working throughout the session to push for death penalty repeal.
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