Last updated on: 3/9/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

UPDATED: 34 States with Death Penalty / 41 Federal Capital Crimes

UPDATED: 34 States with Death Penalty / 41 Federal Capital Crimes – On Mar. 9, 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) signed legislation to repeal the state’s death penalty statute. Illinois joins 15 other states and the District of Columbia that do not have capital crimes. The new law takes effect on July 1, 2011.