Death Penalty Repealed in New Mexico

The death penalty is no longer legal in New Mexico as of this week. Governor Bill Richardson signed legislation Wednesday that repealed the state’s capital punishment law and replaced it with an allowable punishment of life imprisonment without parole. The bill states it will not affect current inmates on death row, of which the state has two.

Fifteen states now do not allow imposition of the death penalty, while other states, including, Colorado, Kansas, Maryland and Montana, are considering following suit.