“We will repeal the death penalty in New Hampshire,” says Representative Renny Cushing in this new video from the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Yesterday, the New Hampshire Senate voted 12-12 on HB 1170, a bill to abolish capital punishment in the state. Last month the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the bill, and Governor Hassan has expressed her support for repeal.
Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coaliton to Abolish the Death Penalty, agrees: “It’s not a matter of whether or not the death penalty will be repealed in New Hampshire; it’s a matter of when. We pledge our support to the policy makers and citizens of New Hampshire who are working tirelessly to give New Hampshire the criminal justice system it deserves: one that no longer risks executing the innocent or executing people unfairly.”
Rep. Cushing was the sponsor of the bill, and its greatest champion. Watch the video above to learn more about his take on yesterday’s vote, and what’s next for the death penalty in New Hampshire.