The General Assembly has been discussing a bill (HB09-1274) that would repeal the death penalty and re-direct funds into a program to investigate “cold-case” murders. The Senate amended the bill, funding the cold-case program through fees charged to anyone convicted of a traffic, misdemeanor or felony offense — completely removing the death penalty from the discussion. Today, the bill will be discussed in a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the two bills. A history of the bill, along with committee reports and fiscal analysis can be accessed by a “death penalty” keyword search on the General Assembly’s “Search for a Bill” page.
- An Overview of the Colorado Adult Criminal Justice System
- Capital Punishment in Colorado, a history of the death penalty in Colorado from the Department of Corrections
- Colorado Death Penalty – Back in the Hands of a Jury, an issue brief from the Colorado Legislative Council