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January-February 2017 , Page 52 

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State Criminal Justice Network - Legislative Update

By Monica L. reid and Angelyn C. Frazer-Giles

Editor’s Note: Part One of the 2016 state legislative update appeared in the December 2016 issue of The Champion and is available online at www.nacdl.org/scjn.

Death Penalty

NACDL’s position on the death penalty is unequivocal: NACDL is  against it. Leading criminologists overwhelmingly agree that there is no evidence that capital punishment deters violent crimes. Support for capital punishment is at a 40-year low, with only 49 percent of Americans in favor of the death penalty.1 In 2016 a number of states considered death penalty repeal legislation; however, no state was successful in abolishing the death penalty. Several court decisions over the last year impacted death penalty systems in Florida, Arizona, Delaware, Oklahoma, and Alabama. Florida, Delaware, and Alabama were unique in the fact that their state systems allowed for judicial override of a jury recommendation for life in prison without the possibility of parole and did not require juries to be unanimous in rec

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