Minnesota - Abolishment of the Death Penalty

Chapter 387--H.F. No. 2

Minnesota banned the death penalty in 1911 by eliminating it as a punishment in Chapter 387--H.F. No.2:

"An Act to amend section 4876 of Revised Laws of 1905, relating to punishment of murder in the first degree.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Minnesota:

Murder in the first degree punishment by imprisonment for life.

--Section 1. That section 4876 of the Revised Laws of 1905, be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

'Section 4876. The killing of a human being, unless it is excusable or justifiable, is murder in the first degree, when perpetrated with a premeditated design to effect the death of the person killed or of another, and shall be punishable by imprisonment for life in the state prison.'

Approved April 22, 1911"

Source: Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes, "General Laws," www.revisor.mn.gov (accessed Aug. 15, 2012)