Friday, February 24, 2012

Sound Off on the death penalty

What do you think about the death penalty? 
This year there's another attempt at repeal, and both sides of the fence are throwing around statistics. 
Here's a chance to go beyond the statistics —  call (203) 584-7478 and leave a voice mail with your thoughts on the death penalty. Should it remain the same? Should it be repealed? 

Then we'll embed those voice mails on this blog for all to hear. For example, here's the first one we received:

A few important things to keep in mind:
  • These voice mail messages will be made public
  • Don't swear, or make any racist or overtly sexual remarks of any kind
  • Don't leave your phone number
  • Leave your name if you want to, but remember, it will be shared publicly
For reference, check out this Quinnipiac poll that showed that 65 percent of Connecticut residents are in favor of the death penalty, though that number drops significantly when voters are asked to choose between the death penalty and life in prison. 
"Historically, voters favor the death penalty about 2-1 when they are asked a simple yes- no question. When they are offered the choice, however, between the death penalty and life in prison with no chance of parole, voters have been evenly divided," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD. 
You can also take a look at some comments made by legislators before and after the bill was raised in committee. 



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