Moratorium on Death Penalty Sent to Subcommittee

From Alabama Arise:

A bill proposing a three-year moratorium on Alabama’s use of the death penalty was referred to a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

HB 280, sponsored by Rep. Merika Coleman, D-Midfield, and supported by ACPP, drew several supporters to the committee hearing, but ran into opposition from several committee members. The debate between the sponsor and Rep. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, centered on whether the state’s capital punishment system contains sufficient safeguards to prevent execution of the innocent.

Coleman argued that a moratorium would allow sufficient time to study the system and implement safeguards ensuring due process and minimizing the risks of executing the innocent. Ward contended that the existence of people who have been exonerated from death row shows that “the system works.” He said a focus on death-row wrongful convictions was not needed because wrongful convictions are not unique to capital crimes.

The subcommittee to which the bill has been referred will meet next Wednesday after the regular 9 a.m. meeting of the Judiciary Committee.

Show your support for HB 280 by calling the following members of the Alabama House Judiciary Committee:

MARCEL BLACK – Democrat, District 3,  Tuscumbia in Colbert County, local phone 256-381-5277, State House Office- (has Secretary who will take message) 334-2427667, House Switchboard 334- 242- 7600 (can leave message).  Thank him for putting HB 280 on the agenda!
CHARLES NEWTON, Democrat, District 90, Butler, Conecuh, Crenshaw Counties – lives in Greenville, local phone 334-382-3370, State House Switchboard 334-242-7600
STEVE MCMILLAN, Republican, District 95, Bay Minette in Baldwin County, local phone 251-937-6048 , State House Switchboard 334-242-7600, email bcclegislators@co.baldwin,
SPENCER COLLIER – Republican, District 105, Irvington in Mobile County, local – 251-208-5480, State House Switchboard – 334-242-7600,email
PAUL DEMARCO, Republican, District 46, Birmingham in Jefferson County, local phone 205-802-7285, email, State House Switchboard 334-242-7600
CHRIS ENGLAND, Democrat, District 70, Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, local phone 205-759-9265,, State House Switchboard 334-242-7600
LAURA HALL, Democrat, District 19, Huntsville in Madison County, local phone 256-859-2234, email,State House Switchboard 334-242-7600
JAMIE ISON, Republican, District 101, Mobile in Mobile County, local phone 251-208-5480, email, State House Switchboard 334-242-7600
TAMMY IRONS -Democrat, District 1, Florence in Lauderdale County, local phone 256-766-9201, email , State House Switchboard 334-242-7600
JOHN ROBINSON – Democrat, District  23, Scottsboro in Jackson County, local phone 256-259-2434, State House Switchboard 334-242-7600
YUSUF SALAAM, Democrat, District 67, Selma in Dallas County, local phone 334-874-2569, State House Switchboard 334-242-7600
HOWARD SANDERFORD, Republican, District 20, Huntsville in Madison County, local phone 256-533- 1989, email, State House Switchboard 334-242-7600
CAM WARD, Republican, District 49, Bibb and Shelby Counties, lives in Alabaster, local phone 205-664-6848, email, State House Switchboard 334-242-7600
When you call give your name, where you live, ask them to vote “yes” on HB 280  Moratorium on Executions in Judiciary committee.  If you get to talk to them, tell them BRIEFLY why you want them to vote Yes.

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