Public support for the death penalty is declining in New Jersey and across the U.S. Death sentences and executions are down and public opinion surveys indicate a growing preference for life without parole over the death penalty.
"There is a growing recognition that the death penalty simply can't work. Its a complex system that arbitrarily selects defendants for death and creates more stress and appeals, even as it is plagued by serious error. Each new exoneration reminds us of the unacceptable possibility of wrongful execution. Its no wonder that this poll shows people moving away from it."
Senator Robert Martin (R-Morris)
commenting on an April 2005 Rutgers Bloustein Center for Survey Research poll on the death penalty
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