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Washington's Death Penalty Slated for Execution

Updated: Mar 6, 2019

by Emma Epperly, WNPA Olympia News Bureau --

Legislators propose replacing the moribund death penalty with the mandatory imposition of life imprisonment without parole.

The Senate Law and Justice committee heard public testimony on Senate Bill 5339 sponsored by Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle.

“It’s been a long public discourse the last 10 to 15 years in our state and in our country about this issue,” said Carlyle. “I think the result of that civic discourse in the last number of years has been a growing recognition that the data shows that the death penalty is applied in a way that is not consistent.”

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