A bill filed by a House Democrat would end the death penalty in Florida.
The measure (HB 4005) was filed by Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda who said in a statement that it’s not cost-effective and doesn’t deter crime. “When you analyze the numbers, state sponsored execution is not the correct answer,” argued Rehwinkel Vasilinda, who said the state spends more than $50 million a year on death penalty cases. That, she said, would pay for 450 new police officers and allow upgraded law enforcement technology. “Life without parole is a sensible alternative to the death penalty,” she said.
Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.