Legislative Action Alert! HB 1274 (abolition of the death penalty)
House Judiciary Committee, Monday, Jan. 23rd at
(Old Supreme Court building at the Capitol)
This action alert comes from the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, a coalition partner of CCJRC. The CCJRC Board of Directors unanimously voted to support HB 1274, which would abolish the death penalty in
Historically, CCJRC has not weighed in on the death penalty legislation since it is outside of our direct mission. However, in the fall of 2008, the CCJRC Board of Directors developed a new policy so that CCJRC can be more of an ally to our coalition partners. After consideration by the CCJRC Board, it was decided that HB 1274 aligns with our values and purpose as an organization, even though it doesn’t directly align with our mission of reversing the trend of mass incarceration in
Thank you. Pam, Carol and Christie
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Help us abolish the Death Penalty!
This year, Rep. Paul Weissmann is once again working on abolishing the Death Penalty in
Please show your support for HB 1274 by contacting the committee members today!
We know that most of you can articulate strong philosophical, moral, and legal arguments against the death penalty, but please try to focus your emails on the monetary cost of the death penalty in
HB 1274 is also sponsored by a victim right's group that is asking that a portion of the money saved by abolishing the death penalty be used to help solve cold cases. In light of this, please encourage the committee members vote of support for HB 1274 because it will save money by eliminating a failed public policy and will use part of this money to help families of unsolved murders try to obtain resolution of their cases. Here are a few points to focus on:
· There are 1430 unsolved murders in
· The cold case unit established in 2007 to solve these murders was funded at $67,800 a year.
· It is estimated the Cold Case Team at CBI — with expanded lab facilities and administrative support—will cost from $1.5 to 3.0 million per year.
· In the last 40 years there have been 7,000 murders in
· The cost to prosecute and defend these accused killers in a death penalty case: $4 million per year in excess of a non death penalty trial
Below are the members of the House Judiciary Committee
Rep. Steve King (R-Delta), 303-866-3068, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Joe Miklosi (D-Denver), 303-866-2910, email@example.com
Rep. Mark Waller (R-El Paso), 303-866-5525, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact the House Judiciary Committee Members and your representatives today!
The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar