Michigan Pioneers Death Penalty Ban in English-Speaking World

In 1846, Michigan became the first English-speaking government to abolish the death penalty, influenced by two pivotal cases of wrongful convictions and a disgraceful public execution. The state’s progressive stance on capital punishment was solidified in 1962 when it officially added the ban to its constitution, making it the only state with such a provision. This historical move has since influenced other territories in the United States to follow suit.

  • Michigan was the first government in the English-speaking world to ban the death penalty in 1846.
  • The ban was influenced by the wrongful execution of Patrick Fitzpatrick and the public’s reaction to the execution of a man named Simmons in 1830.
  • Michigan’s movement to abolish capital punishment gained momentum leading to the revision of its laws.
  • In 1962, Michigan officially incorporated the death penalty ban into its state constitution.
  • The state has not conducted any executions since the ban, and approximately half of U.S. territories have followed Michigan’s example.

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