Colapietro Clarifies His Position on the Death Penalty
“Serial killers deserve death but the system is broken and doesn’t provide justice. We need to fix that.”Senator Tom Colapietro released a statement clarifying his position on the death penalty, and criticized Connecticut’s current system of capital punishment as broken and unworkable.
“Let me be absolutely clear: I believe in the death penalty. I believe it provides justice to the families of victims left behind by serial killers and other heinous criminals. I wish that we had a working system of capital punishment in Connecticut today—the sad reality is, we don’t,” said Senator Colapietro.
He continued, “I would like to see a workable death penalty. Today’s system does nothing but fill lawyer’s pockets full of taxpayer money. It’s an endless series of appeals that goes nowhere, and gives justice to nobody. It lets the worst of all criminals sit in their cells and escape execution while taxpayers foot the bill. What a waste! That’s the broken system I voted against.”
“In more than forty years, Connecticut has only executed one criminal sentenced to death: Michael Ross. He deserved to die, but he was only executed because he asked to be. That’s legal suicide, not a functioning system of capital punishment that works properly.”
“We need legislation that will fix Connecticut’s death penalty and make it truly workable. A capital punishment system should convict the guilty, exonerate the innocent, and put the very worst killers to death swiftly. That’s justice, for the state and for victim’s families,” concluded Senator Colapietro.
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