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Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Death Penalty For Rape Doesn't Protect Children

A bill pending in the Colorado Senate that would authorize a death sentence on a second conviction of raping a child could backfire by giving some of society's most vicious criminals a perverse incentive to kill their victims.

Senate Bill 195 by Sen. Steve Ward, R-Littleton, would authorize the death penalty for people who sexually assault a child 12 years or younger if DNA evidence links them to the crime.

Ward's bill also could discourage victims from reporting abuse by relatives, fearing they'd get the death penalty.

The Senate Judiciary Committee amended the bill to allow the death penalty only for rapists previously convicted of a similar attack on a child. It then sent the bill to the Appropriations Committee, where it should receive a quiet burial.


The Denver Post

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Has everyone lost their minds??? What makes putting anyone to death right???? How about removing the politics from the SO programs and get people in real treatment for 2-3 years instead of just locking them up?!?!?! Start programs right after someone is sentenced not 25 years later when DOC starts to threaten parolle. I thought SO were given life sentences?? Right?? Maybe the death sentence would help free up some beds!!! What is wrong with this state????Oh I forgot Colorado is only interested in making money not rehabilitating anyone.If it doesn't make sense follow the money trail, right??? That's why our prisons are full of non violent drug offenders with huge sentences!!!!

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