New Hampshire abolishes the death penalty

On May 30, the legislature overrode the Governor’s veto to abolish the death penalty. New Hampshire currently has one inmate on death row, though repeal makes it likely he will not be executed.

For more, see NPR.


Moratorium on the death penalty in California

Governor Gavin Newsom has issued executive orders that effectively place a moratorium on capital punishment in the state. All death row inmates will be granted a reprieve, and Newsom will annul California’s lethal injection protocol. California has over 700 inmates on death row, but hasn’t executed any of them for over a decade.

For more details, see the NYT.


The Catholic Church is now an abolitionist organization.

The Pope’s opposition to the death penalty has now been enshrined in the Catechism. The Catholic Church officially holds that the death penalty attacks the dignity of all human beings.

Catechism No. 2267 now reads: “The church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.”

Details here.