New Hampshire is the lone New England death penalty holdout. But those opposed to capital punishment plan to make a major push for repeal this year.
The New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will hold a kick off event this week at the University of New Hampshire. The state’s House of Representatives passed a repeal bill in 2009, but the legislation failed to gain traction after then-Gov. John Lynch threatened to veto it.
In 2012, Connecticut became the 5th New England state to abolish capital punishment, although the repeal only applies those guilty of crimes after the law took effect; it is not retroactive.