On Wednesday, the Land of Lincoln became the 16th state to abolish capital punishment.
The abolition of the state's death penalty has been 11 years in the making. Gov. Pat Quinn made his decision, he said, after reading several books, including the Bible. Here's a round-up of what some Christian groups say about capital punishment.
That leaves 34 states that still have the death penalty as an option -- including Connecticut -- where the policy has been the focus of recent public hearings around a proposed bill to repeal the death penalty.
Meanwhile, a new Quinnipiac University Poll says Connecticut voters support the death penalty, 67 to 28 percent -- a new high.
Support has increased every year since 2007, the poll said. That's the same year two men entered a home in Cheshire, and killed Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, and severely beat Dr. William Petit.
Campbell: Illinois has abolished the death penalty
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