Hawaii - Abolishment of the Death Penalty

Act 282

Hawaii abolished the death penalty in 1957 before being granted statehood.

"In 1957...House Bill 706 revised the act relating to capital punishment by providing 'a sentence of imprisonment at hard labor for life not subject to parole.' The legislature passed the bill on June 4, 1957. Governor Samuel King, who was part Hawaiian, signed HB 706 the following day, thus abolishing the death penalty. The bill became Act 282."

Source: Joseph Theroux, "A Short History of Hawaiian Executions, 1826-1947," Hawaiian Journal of History, 1991, www.manoa.hawaii.edu (accessed Aug. 20, 2012)