Gov. Richardson Signs Death Penalty Repeal
March 20th, 2009
On 18th February, 2009 New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed into law a bill to repeal the death penalty in that State. This makes New Mexico the second state to abolish the death penalty. The law replaces the death penalty with a sentence of life without possibility of parole.
New Mexico joins New Jersey which abolished the death penalty last year. Use of the death penalty moratorium and repeal bills are increasing in other states such as Montana, Maryland and Nebraska. We are now invited to spread the victory over the death penalty in New Mexico to other U.S. states.
The Missionary Oblates JPIC staff sends heartfelt congratulations to Governor Bill Richardson and the people of New Mexico for this important milestone in upholding life and respect for human rights.
Please join us in sending hand written thank you notes to Governor Bill Richardson in appreciation of his bold action:
Governor Bill Richardson
Office of the Governor
490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Room 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501