New Jersey’s road to abolition

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Abstract

New Jersey reinstated capital punishment in 1982. The New Jersey Supreme Court reversed nearly every capital conviction that it reviewed between 1982 and 2007. Twenty-five years later, on December 17, 2007, the State of New Jersey officially abolished the death penalty and replaced it with life without the possibility of parole. This article examines multiple converging factors that contributed to abolition, including the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision making in capital cases, public-opinion data, political conditions, and the New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission hearings and report. This article suggests that New Jersey judicial decision making fostered a culture of ambivalence toward capital punishment, which, when combined with a host of unique political and social factors, made abolition possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-422
Number of pages15
JournalJustice System Journal
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008

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