An important bipartisan federal criminal justice reform legislation, called the First Step Act (S.3649) currently awaits a vote in the U.S.
From 1859 to 1967, the state of Colorado killed 101 people via capital punishment. Hanging was the sole method of execution until replaced by the gas chamber in 1934. Today, lethal injection is the sole method of execution.
Colorado’s use of the death penalty since reinstatement in 1975 has been sparse. Gary Davis was the first and only person executed since that time, in 1997. There are currently three people on death row. In 2009, a vote to redirect the funds for capital punishment failed to pass by only one vote in the House.
The Governor of Colorado has a sole right to pardon or commute the death sentence. As of 2011 no gubernatorial commutation of a living prisoner has been granted in Colorado.
For more information and ways to get involved, contact your state's organizations:
Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CADP), formerly Coloradans Against the Death Penalty, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making our justice system more effective by establishing smart alternatives that abolish capital punishment. We are concerned citizens, religious leaders, political leaders, criminal defense lawyers and relatives of murder victims.
The Colorado Catholic Conference, a united voice of the three Catholic dioceses, speaks on public policy issues. Basing its mission on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as particularly expressed in Catholic social teaching and the consistent life ethic, the Conference acts cooperatively in order to insure a dignified and productive life for people of all ages and ethnic groups.