OPPOSE SB 301 Abolishing the Death Penalty

 

Bill Status:

  • Awaiting a committee hearing

 

Bill History:

  • 1/07/2019 Authored by Sen. Randolph and referred to Corrections & Criminal Law Committee

 

Executive Summary

SB 301 abolishes the death penalty. Repeals the law concerning the imposition and execution of death sentences and makes conforming amendments. Specifies that if a person was sentenced to death and is awaiting execution of the death sentence, the person's death sentence is commuted to a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. Provides that when a defendant is charged with a murder for which the state seeks a sentence of life imprisonment without parole, the defendant may file a petition alleging that the defendant is an individual with an intellectual disability. Provides that if a defendant who is determined to be an individual with an intellectual disability is convicted of murder, the court may sentence the defendant only to a fixed term of imprisonment. Makes technical corrections.

 

Analysis

SB 301 seeks to abolish the death penalty in Indiana. In order to deliver justice to victims, the state should have the option of imposing the death penalty for the most heinous of crimes.

 

Conclusion

SB 301 would abolish the death penalty in Indiana. We believe for the most heinous of crimes, the state must have the death penalty as an option in order to truly deliver justice. Indiana has a history of using the death penalty sparingly and only for the most heinous of crimes. We believe prosecutors should maintain this option in order to protect Hoosier families from evil.

IFI opposes SB 301.