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.”