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Bill To End Death Penalty In Louisiana Fails In Committee

By msppmoore - Angola Prison, CC BY-SA 2.0

DEATH PENALTY  — Legislation to abolish the death penalty in Louisiana was voted down 5-1 in a state Senate committee. Sen. Katrina Jackson from Monroe, a Democrat, sponsored the bill, which was rejected Tuesday by the Republican-dominated Senate Judiciary “C” Committee. Jackson argued that the state shouldn't have the power to take a life. And she said there is no way of knowing how many innocent people have been executed, noting what she called “an alarming rate” of criminal convictions being overturned.

“The fact is that we convict people, innocent people who are later exonerated 30, 40 years later. We’ve seen it all over Louisiana,” Jackson said. “The one thing that we cannot give back to a person after when they’ve been convicted innocently is their life.” 

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Senator Katrina Jackson (D) of Monroe, LA

Death penalty proponents said execution is appropriate for some heinous crimes. As of now, there are 62 inmates awaiting execution on Death Row at Louisiana’s State Penitentiary at Angola.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.