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Year of Reenactment
(since 1972 suspension)
  1973
Year of First Execution
(since reenactment)
none
History

1875-1934: hanging

1935-1994: electrocution

1995-present: lethal injection

Current Method
Lethal injection
   





 
Connecticut has life without parole.  A jury decides the sentence.  The Board of Pardons has full authority to grant clemency. The Governor's only authority is his or her ability to grant reprieves. The reprieve is limited to the end of the following session of the general assembly.


 Michael Ross, a death row inmate who has written many articles on the problems of the death penalty for national publications, lost his bid to have his death sentence restored without a hearing in 1998.  The Connecticut courts had earlier overturned his death sentence because he had been suffering from mental illness at the time of his crimes.  Ross had wanted to spare the victims' families the grief of attending another sentencing proceeding. Michael Ross was executed on May 13, 2005.

 




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