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Louisiana Senate to debate repeal of death penalty

April 10, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A measure to abolish Louisiana’s death penalty now goes before the full Senate for consideration.

A Senate judicial committee voted 4-1 for the proposal Tuesday after hearing from a Catholic bishop who said executions violate the sanctity of life.

Sen. J.P. Morrell, a New Orleans Democrat, says his measure would end what he calls an archaic punishment that is costly to pursue and hasn’t proven to deter crimes. Starting Aug. 1, capital crimes would be punishable instead by “life imprisonment at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.”

Similar legislation made it this far last year but was never taken up by the Senate. A House bill is scheduled for committee debate Wednesday.

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Senate Bill 51: www.legis.la.gov

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