Friednash: I helped expand the Colorado death penalty; now I support its repeal

Friednash: I helped expand the Colorado death penalty; now I support its repeal

Feb 01, 2019

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Author, The Denver Post, February 1, 2019

Twenty-five years ago, as a freshman House Democrat, I sponsored legislation to expand the death penalty. I was wrong.

My career has entwined me with Colorado’s executions and death row inmates in unexpected ways. Ultimately my mind has changed as I’ve witnessed the flaws of a system that has killed at least one innocent man; at best been applied with inconsistency and worst been applied with prejudice, and has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars.

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