New Jersey is set to become the first state in four decades to abolish the death penalty.
State lawmakers have approved a bill to outlaw capital punishment and the state's governor plans to sign it within a week.
The move comes after a special state commission found that the death penalty is more expensive to taxpayers, than the cost of keeping an inmate locked up for life.
The commission also concluded that that the death sentence has not deterred murder, and runs the risk of killing an innocent person.
New Jersey reinstated the death penalty in 1982, but no one has been executed there since 1963.