Sponsored by Rep. John Rizzo, the legislation would stop all executions while a commission secures implementation of expert recommendations to promote fairness and accuracy in Missouri’s death penalty laws, procedures, and practices. The recommendations came from a 2012 report issued by the Missouri Death Penalty Assessment, comprised of judges, former prosecutors, and defense attorneys. In total, the team proposed over 100 recommendations, none of which have been implemented by the Missouri General Assembly.
After the press conference concerned citizens will have a chance to lobby their legislators and the governor. Anyone is welcome to attend.