Abolition State

In 1838, Vermont’s legislature defeated a death penalty abolition bill by only three votes. If the bill had passed, it would have made Vermont the first state to abolish the death penalty. Vermont went on to execute a total of 26 persons, 21 by hanging, and 5 by electrocution.

The death penalty was finally abolished in 1965, 11 years after the state’s final execution. However, Vermont statutes still state that the punishment for treason is death.

Vermont Fact Sheet

For more information and ways to get involved, contact your state's organizations:

Public Policy - Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington

The Catholic Diocese of Burlington serves all 110,000 Catholics in the State of Vermont. They encourage Catholics to participate in the public square and form their consciences for voting.

Vermonters Against the Death Penalty

A grassroots organization of individuals and groups including American Friends Service Committee, Pax Christi-Burlington, Peace and Justice Center, and the United Church of Christ Just Peace Advocates.

More Information at Death Penalty Center