The state’s governor signed legislation banning the death penalty on Wednesday.
Wired PR News – The governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, signed a bill on Wednesday that bans the death penalty in the state. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the legislation made New Mexico the second state to ban the death penalty in the US since 1976.
Richardson, noted as previously being in support of capital punishment, is quoted as stating that approving the measure was a difficult decision however, “the potential for … execution of an innocent person stands as anathema to our very sensibilities as human beings.” The governor reportedly decided to sign the bill after a visit to the state penitentiary.
Richardson is further quoted as stating in a news conference, “Faced with the reality that our system for imposing the death penalty can never be perfect, my conscience compels me to replace the death penalty with a solution that keeps society safe.”
The legislation will become effective July 1.
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