Connecticut

General Information

Death Penalty: No
Date of Reinstatement (following Furman v. Georgia): October 1, 1973
Date of Abolition: April 25, 2012
Location of Death Row/Executions: Northern Correctional Institution, Somers

Capital: Hartford
Population: 3,574,097
Governor: Dannel P. Malloy
Legislative Information: Senate
House of representatives

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DPIC's State Database for information on executions, death row population and other statistics in Connecticut
History of the Death Penalty
Resources

Bear Mountain. Public domain photo.


History of the Death Penalty

In colonial Connecticut, capital crimes included idolatry, witchcraft, and blasphemy.

Famous Cases

The first person executed for witchcraft in what is now the United States was Achsah Young, who was executed in Hartford in 1647.

In 1786, Hannah Occuish, a 12-year-old Native American girl, was hanged in New London for the murder of a young white girl. She may have been the youngest person ever executed in the United States.

The last person executed in Connecticut who had exhausted all appeals was Frank Wojulewicz, who was executed in 1959 for murdering a police officer and bystander while committing a robbery. The two men executed since then both dropped appeals and "volunteered" for execution.

Notable Commutations/clemencies

Connecticut is one of five states that gives clemency authority to a board, rather than the governor. No death row inmate has been granted clemency since the death penalty was reinstated.

Milestones in Abolition/Reinstatement

In 2009, the Connecticut legislature passed a bill to abolish the death penalty, but the bill was vetoed by Governor M. Jodi Rell.

In 2012, Connecticut abolished the death penalty for future crimes. Eleven men remain on death row.

Other interesting facts

Connecticut has only carried out one execution since the reinstatement of the death penalty. Michael Ross was executed by lethal injection in 2005 after giving up his appeals.


Resources

Department of Corrections

Prosecutors

Public defender's office

Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty

Victims' services


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