Fairness

The death penalty is applied in an unfair and unjust manner. The application of death sentences has far more to do with money, location, and race than the severity of the crime committed. There is a severe lack of uniformity in the capital punishment system. Some of the most heinous murders do not result in death sentences, while less heinous crimes are punished by death.

Governor, John Hickenlooper

Governor, John Hickenlooper

If the State of Colorado is going to undertake the responsibility of executing a human being, the system must operate flawlessly. Colorado’s system for capital punishment is not flawless.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper

In Colorado:

All three men on Colorado’s death row are African-American and from the same city, they even went to the same high school.

A recent University of Denver study found that between 1999 and 2010 only 1% of cases that were eligible for a death sentence in Colorado actually sought death.

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Below is a table of death filings by county in Colorado.  Since this table was created there have been additional death filings in Denver, Arapahoe and Logan counties.