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.
An effort to abolish the death penalty in Nevada, a state with one of the largest per capita death rows in the country, collapsed on Thursday after Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) said he would not support the abolition bill. https://t.co/N3kBUd5SDi
— Nevada Coalition Against the Death Penalty (@nvcadp) May 19, 2021