Submitted by Emma on Mon, 12/15/2008 - 11:30.
This month marks the one-year anniversary of New Jersey’s decision to end the death penalty. Legislators in other states considering repeal have been asking how New Jersey has fared. Did the sky fall? Did crime rise? Do prosecutors find it harder to get life sentences or guilty pleas without the threat of death to use as a billy club?
The answer is a resounding “no.” A recent investigation by the New Jersey Star-Ledger found that the prosecutors themselves are saying that those fears have simply not materialized.