Friday, 26 January 2007

Efforts Under Way To Repeal South Dakota's Death Penalty

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- Two bills have been introduced in the South Dakota Legislature that would repeal the death penalty.

One bill is in the Senate and the other is in the House.

Both measures would eliminate capital punishment in South Dakota -- which would leave the maximum criminal penalty at life in prison without the possibility of parole.

There have been numerous attempts in recent years to do away with the execution law in South Dakota.

Four men are on death row in the state.
South Dakota has not had an execution since 1947.

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