1846 : Michigan Outlaws The Death Penalty

May 18, 2018 all-day

On this day, Governor Alpheus Felch signed a bill outlawing capital punishment, making Michigan the first government in the English-speaking world to do so. Furthermore, it was also banned in the state Constitution in 1964.

Sources :

Michigan Every Day

Eugene G. Wanger, “Michigan and Capital Punishment”, Michigan Bar Journal, September 2002, pp.38-41.

Barton Deiters, “Why has Michigan opposed the death penalty for more than 150 years?”, MLive, April 17, 2012.

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