Bill Approved to End Practice of Judges Handing Down Death Sentences

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Alabama lawmakers have voted to end the state’s practice of allowing judges to hand down death sentences despite a jury’s recommendation for life in prison. The House of Representative approved the bill to end the practice with a 78-19 vote. Alabama judges have overridden jury recommendations 112 times since 1976. The bill will now move to Governor Bentley for his signature.


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