The Matter Of Life And Death

January 31, 2020
In this March 2013 photo, state Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, speaks at a podium during a debate inside the Colorado State Legislature, in Denver.In this March 2013 photo, state Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, speaks at a podium during a debate inside the Colorado State Legislature, in Denver.Brennan Linsley/AP
Democratic state Senator Rhonda Fields is one of the capitol's most passionate advocates for keeping the death penalty; her son's killers are on death row.

It's one of the most significant powers the state has: to execute those found guilty of heinous crimes. Opponents of the death penalty believe this is the year they will finally succeed in abolishing it in Colorado. But they've thought that before, only to have their efforts derailed by the unique, and deeply personal, politics of capital punishment. This week, the latest effort passed some significant hurdles. The Denver Post's Alex Burness joins hosts Bente Birkeland and Andrew Kenney to discuss the issue, its history, and its prospects this year.