The American Civil Liberties Union is pushing for the state to make attempt number seven at abolishing the death penalty in Colorado.
The Colorado Independent reports that the ACLU is organizing events in the state districts of Democrats whose votes could be key on a capital punishment repeal. Those lawmakers were identified as Sens. Jessie Danielson, Joann Ginal, Tammy Story and Nancy Todd. Democrats hold a two-seat majority in the Senate.
“Colorado’s use of the death penalty is immoral, unjust, and expensive,” the ACLU of Colorado’s website states. “The death penalty system is broken beyond repair: it is arbitrary and discriminatory in application, it risks making irreversible mistakes, and it comes at an enormous cost to taxpayers.”
Last legislative session, Sens. Angela Williams and Julie Gonazales, both D-Denver, introduced then withdrew a repeal bill after multiple Democratic senators expressed concerns.
Sen. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, whose son and his fiance were murdered in 2005, is firmly against repeal.
Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial, whose son was murdered in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, is also opposed.
“I am of the belief that there are people who have lost their privilege to be amongst the rest of society and we have a mechanism to take care of that,” he told The Independent, referring to execution.
The 2019 repeal bill stated that the death penalty is unevenly applied, risks taking an innocent life, and is “inconsistent with evolving standards of decency in Colorado.”