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After his effort to repeal the death penalty fell short of victory, state Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield recruited students to join in the next steps.

Holder-Winfield, a freshman legislator, represents much of Dixwell, Newhallville and the Yale campus. He told a crowd of 20 students at Yale’s Afro-American Cultural Center Tuesday how he came very close this year to passing a bill that would have ended the execution of convicted criminals.

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