Death penalty vote on Monday

The State Senate will vote Monday on legislation to eliminate the death penalty in New Jersey. The bill, sponsored by Senators Raymond Lesniak, Shirley Turner and Nia Gill, would replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole.

“I think it’s safe to say that we’ve had a thorough and nuanced discussion of the issue. The legislature has had a year to review the detailed report prepared by the Death Penalty Study Commission,” said Senate President Richard Codey, who announced today that he would post the bill. “We’ve had two lengthy committee hearings that have heard weighty arguments from both sides of the aisle. It’s now time for the full Senate to weigh in on the matter.”

Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts has already announced that he would post the bill on December 13. Death penalty vote on Monday