Activists Arrive in Rome to Commemorate Connecticut’s Repeal of the Death Penalty



Two members of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty (CNADP) board of directors will have front row seats for the lighting of Rome’s Colosseum on November 29 and 30 in celebration of Connecticut becoming the 17th state in America to abolish the death penalty.


Fernando Bermudez of Danbury, who served 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, and Dr. George Kain, the Police Commissioner of Ridgefield and a professor of criminal justice at Danbury’s Western Connecticut State University, will be representing the hundreds of Connecticut residents who worked tirelessly to end capital punishment in Connecticut.


“As an expert on our flawed criminal justice system I am overjoyed to be a part of this celebration,” said Bermudez, a Danbury resident who was wrongfully convicted of murder in New York State. “If I can be thrown into prison for a murder I had nothing to do with, it can happen to anyone, which is why we must end the death penalty everywhere.”


“This is a dream come true,” said Dr. Kain, who has been Ridgefield’s Police Commissioner for more than a dozen years. “The death penalty has been a failure as a public policy – from the perspective of police, murder victims’ families, the wrongfully convicted, and even taxpayers.”


Dr. Kain addressed the World Ministers of Justice closed door meeting on November 27 about the Connecticut repeal campaign.


For more information on CNADP, visit or call David Amdur, CNADP Program Director, at (781)249-9320.


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