NAACP Lauds Malloy for Ending Death Penalty

The governor traveled to Houston, Texas to speak at the group's annual convention.


Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s insistence on ending the death penalty in Connecticut , but the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a firm backer of the decision.

The organization recognized the governor at its annual convention in Houston, Texas.

“Earlier this year, Connecticut joined 16 other states and the rest of the industrialized world in replacing capital punishment with life in prison without the possibility of parole,” Malloy said. “It’s an issue that stirs deep emotion — dividing families and communities, but it also ultimately speaks to our common goal of ensuring integrity in our justice system.”

Malloy also talked of a voting right reform package he proposed in Janury to, according to a press release, “preserve voting rights and expand access to voter registration.”

“This session, Connecticut lawmakers on both sides of the aisle worked to protect democracy and better serve our citizens.  At a time when states across the nation are rolling back access to the ballot box, we are using technology to shore up our fundamental right to participate in the democratic process and choose our elected leaders,” Malloy said.

In March, Ben Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP, joined the governor at a press conference in the Capitol to advocate for repeal.

“We are proud to recognize Governor Malloy for his leadership at our annual convention, ” said Ben Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP.  “In signing the bill to repeal capital punishment in Connecticut, Governor Malloy demonstrated a courageous commitment to civil rights and he demonstrated common sense.”

J Bauer July 10, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Bravo, Mr. Malloy. You have now made it impossible for murdering, rapist criminals such as the ones in the Cheshire murders to be put to death. You have said that even if you rape an 11 year old and then light her on fire and watch her burn to death, you are still good enough to be given 3 squares a day and cable tv in your cell... all at the taxpayers expense and the expense of the family and friends of the victims. What a joke you are, Mr. Governor. PS - NAACP giving an award for this? I would love to hear from one of their reps how this furthers their mission...
S Tadik July 10, 2012 at 10:58 PM
J Bauer, the NAACP argument will probably be that African-Americans (AA) are executed and penalized at higher rates than European-Americans (EA). Of course, there are more poor AA’s than EA’s and crime rates are lower in EA neighborhoods than AA neighborhoods most of the time. There are other demographics to examine but some of the explanation is or was racial prejudice, but not all and less every year. The problem with advocacy groups is that if you are able to prove through factual research that something is true and they don’t like the conclusion, they call you names. Then everybody gets all PC and we get nowhere even if the intent is to improve the lot of the members of the group which is the object of the advocacy efforts. The NAACP has done some good things and was founded for good reasons. It has strengths and weaknesses like any human organization, though.
S Tadik July 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM
As far as the cable TV and 3 squares, the condemned get these anyway and for a long time while all the appeals work their way through the system. If some advocacy group adopts the criminal, this can go on for decades. I am as repulsed as you are by the Cheshire killings. Can’t we imitate the Iranians and use post-appeal, Innocence Project ineligible heinous murderers to walk through mine fields, etc.? If they survive some number of missions, they get to earn life imprisonment? If that doesn’t work, how about they run on treadmills or sit at hand cranks and generate some electricity? Maybe they can work on bomb disposal squads. There must be some way we can cut costs, lower taxes and get something useful out of these creeps. Killing them just rubs me the wrong way and not because I like them.
James Kay July 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM
RIGHT ON! Organizations like these, AARP, NOW, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, become chapters of the Democratic Party. They have no interest in protecting or furthering their original agendas.


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