In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll learn about the most recent state to abandon the death penalty. There’s also a legislative recap and details about special events this month in Dallas and Houston.
Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person.” The Church has vowed to “work with determination for its abolition worldwide.”
Today, Monday, April 17, 2017, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 1537, which would repeal the death penalty in Texas. The Committee has considered similar legislation sponsored by State Representative Jessica Farrar in every session since 2009.
This afternoon, Nebraska became the 19th U.S. state to abandon the death penalty. Legislators successful overrode Governor Pete Rickett’s veto of LB 268, a bill that replaces the death penalty with life without the possibility of parole. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, Nebraska is the first predominantly Republican state to abolish the death penalty in more […]
Today, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill (HB) 1527, which calls for the repeal of the death penalty in Texas. The bill is sponsored by State Representative Jessica Farrar (House District 148 – Houston).