Governor Signs Bill Changing Sentencing Practices

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signs a bill ending the state’s one-of-a-kind practice of allowing judges to sentence a person to death when a jury has recommended life in prison. Alabama was the last state in the country to allow a judge to override a jury when sentencing capital murder cases. The legislation will only apply to future capital cases and not affect the 183 inmates currently on death row. Since 1976 Alabama judges have overridden jury recommendations 112 times.

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