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A debate is brewing over how Connecticut decides who is sentenced to death.
Recently, seven inmates on Connecticut's death row won the right to challenge their sentences, based on a study that found disparities in how the death penalty is administered.
Connecticut is one of 2 states in New England that still has a death penalty. New Hampshire is the otherâ€”but recently that state has created a commission to study the process including whether the death penalty actually deters crime.
Connecticut lawmakers havenâ€™t taken up the issue of whether to have the death penalty since the execution of serial killer, Michael Ross in 2005 but a recent ruling by Superior Court judge Stanley Fuger may change that.
Fuger says seven death row inmates who want their death sentences overturned to life imprisonment have the right to move forward on their suit which alleges racial and geographic bias in the stateâ€™s death penalty.
Joining us from Yale Universityâ€™s studio is Law Professor John Donahue who authored the study that is the basis for the inmatesâ€™ claims.
Weâ€™ll also speak with Waterbury State Attorney John Connelly about why Connecticut sentences people to death row
Weâ€™ll hear from death penalty advocates and opponents and talk with a New Jersey lawmaker about his stateâ€™s recent decision to abolish capital punishment
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