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Does Minnesota Have the Death Penalty?

The Death Penalty in Minnesota and Capital Punishment in Minnesota

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Does Minnesota have the death penalty? The answer is no - Minnesota abolished the death penalty as a punishment for the most severe crimes in 1911.

Governor from 2003-2001, Tim Pawlenty, is a supporter of the death penalty and attempted, to get the death penalty re-instated in Minnesota in 2004, calling for a referendum of Minnesotans. The Minnesota Senate Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee voted against re-instating the death penalty before it could become a referendum.

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