Moratorium Now! Press Conference/Lobby Day, January 21

Numerous groups, including Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, will be coming to the State Capitol on Wednesday January 21 to join in a press conference and lobby day supporting legislation to halt executions. The event begins at 10:15 a.m. in House Hearing Room 3 in the Capitol Basement.

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.

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