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This Day in Georgia History

December 15, 1859

Public Execution Outlawed

Gov. Joseph E. Brown signed an act abolishing public execution in Georgia. According to the legislation, the action was taken because “public execution …is believed by many to be demoralizing in its tendency and disgraceful to the character of our people for refinement and good taste, and not so well calculated to accomplish the object for which it was instituted, to-wit: the prevention of crime.”