With Missouri being one of the top states that carried out executions in 2015, the MCC will be supporting legislation that ends or limits the use of the death penalty. Legislation filed so far includes SB 816 (Sen. Wieland) that repeals the death penalty, SB 652 (Sen. Keaveny) HB 1824 (Rep. McGaugh) that requires the State Auditor to make a one-time report on the costs of administrating the death penalty and SB 758 (Sen. Chappell-Nadal) that would require the MO Supreme Court to consider whether race was a significant factor in the decision to seek the death penalty against the defendant.
The MCC is encouraged by the fact that executions and new death sentences nationally are at historic lows. This trend away from the death penalty could help advance legislation to end this brutal practice in our state.
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