“Todos los cristianos y hombres de buena voluntad están llamadas hoy a trabajar no sólo por la abolición de la pena de muerte, sino también para mejorar las condiciones de las cárceles, en el respeto de la dignidad humana de las personas privadas de libertad.” - Papa Francisco
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.
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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.