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Colorado Senate passes death penalty repeal bill

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DENVER (KRDO) -- Colorado is a step closer to repealing the state's seldom-used death penalty.

After four hours of debate Thursday, 19 state senators, including three Republicans, voted to advance the bill that would effectively repeal the death penalty. Friday, the bill passed the Senate 19-13.

SB20-100 would take the death penalty off the table as an option for prosecutors when they take a class 1 felony case to trial. It would apply to suspects charged after July 1.

Sen. Julie Gonzalez (D-Denver) is the lead sponsor of the bill. Gov. Jared Polis has also expressed his support of the idea.

After passing the Senate, the bill will next move to the House for debate and possible vote.

Alexis Dominguez

Alexis is a reporter for KRDO and Telemundo Surco. Learn more about Alexis here.



    1. Something that’s never used can hardly be considered as pro- or con- anything.
      Personally I have always considered capital punishment to be the ultimate deterrent to certain types of crimes. But those who commit crimes of the sort that should be considered capital in nature, have demonstrated that they think little about the consequences when they commit crimes, so the deterrent aspect is just not effective. That has resulted in excuses for not executing criminals to be dominant when sentencing criminals, and the possibility of mistakenly executing innocent people keeps being raised. So until we can become more certain of the guilt of convicted criminals, capital punishment will probably never become reality again.

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