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House. Comm. on Abolition of Capital Punishment. Report, 1836
SEE ALSO 52883 House No. 32 Report related to capital punishment. Three men were a committee to consider the abolition of capital punishment.
On February 22, 1836, the committee issued a report. The author spent 93 pages on discussion about society and its relation to the death penalty,
with phrases like "social compact" and a long section about crime and the Bible. Besides murder and treason, there were three other capital crimes in
the state: arson, burglary, and highway robbery. Each was discussed at length. On p. 94: An Act to abolish the punishment of death, 1836. Treason,
murder, robbery with a weapon, child rape, arson, breaking and entering at night with intent to harm were all punishable by life in the state prison.
The prisoner's marriage was ended and any property he had was forfeit. On February 17, 1836, one committee member submitted a minority report. The
opposition seemed to be more with some of the arguments and conclusions than with the death penalty. (Digitized from a microfilm copy of title
originally held by the Library of Congress).
Title:   Report relating to capital punishment.
OCLC Number:   794347895
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