Repealing the Death Penalty in Colorado

March 4, 2009

The sponsor of a measure to repeal the death penalty in Colorado says he's hopeful that his bill will pass the legislature this time around. House Bill 1274 cleared the house judiciary committee on a party line vote late last month, but won't be up for debate for another few weeks. The bill would eliminate the death penalty and use the savings to investigate unsolved murders. Currently two people sit on Colorado's death row. Critics of the bill say the possibility of receiving the death penalty is necessary to deter crimes. Bente Birkeland sat down with the sponsor to discuss the measure.