Nevada Death Penalty Abolition Bid Comes to a Close

May 19, 2021 | The 2021 legislative path to death penalty abolition in Nevada came to an unceremonious end in the Senate last week.

Earlier this spring, the Nevada Assembly passed abolition bill AB395 in a historic vote. The bill would have not only banned capital punishment in Nevada, but also commuted the death sentences of more than 70 people on the state’s death row.

Resistance from Senate leadership to advance the bill further paired with a lack of support from Nevada’s Catholic governor, Steve Sisolak, ultimately thwarted this year’s abolition attempt.

READ MORE: John L. Smith On The Death Penalty Ban: Why Won’t It Pass In Nevada? via Nevada Public Radio


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