Urge the Florida Senate not to make the death penalty even more unjust
The Florida House just passed legislation making it harder for people to challenge their death sentences, and the Senate could vote on Friday.
With our state’s shameful history of wrongful convictions, we need to take action now to stop it.
Dear ACLU Supporter,
Today, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that will make our cruel and unreliable death penalty system even worse, and the Senate is expected to vote on a similar bill tomorrow, Friday, April 26th.
Tell your Senator not to make our death penalty system even worse.
Our capital punishment system is already a shame: broken, cruel, racially biased and unreliable. The Senate bill, SB 1750, will curtail opportunities for people who have been sentenced to death to challenge their sentences.
The bill politicizes the death penalty process, shifting control from the Supreme Court of Florida, into the hands of Tallahasee politicians. It means legislators, not our judicial system, will set rules for post-conviction relief — and doing it in a way that makes it practically impossible for death row inmates and their lawyers to challenge a sentence of death.
Florida has a long and shameful history of wrongful convictions, with more people wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death in our state than in any other. Without the judicial process to challenge those convictions, those people may have been executed for crimes they did not commit.
Eliminating opportunities for people to challenge a death sentence in a system that has already proven so unreliable will almost certainly cost lives.
The House just voted on its bill that would eliminate essential protections for challenging death sentences. Act now to stop the Senate from doing the same.
Thank you for taking action in defense of people’s fundamental rights.
ACLU of Florida