Today Gov. Polis signed
repealing the death penalty in Colorado going forward.
The Governor also commuted the sentences of
the three men on death row in Colorado to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“Commutations are typically
granted to reflect evidence of extraordinary change in the offender.
That is not why I am commuting these sentences to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Rather, the commutations of these despicable and guilty individuals are consistent with the abolition of the death penalty in the State of Colorado, and consistent
with the recognition that the death penalty cannot be, and never has been, administered equitably in the State of Colorado,”
said Governor Jared Polis, echoing the Executive Orders.
“While I understand that some
victims agree with my decision and others disagree, I hope this decision provides clarity and certainty for them moving forward. The decision to commute these sentences was made to reflect what is now Colorado law, and done after a thorough outreach process
to the victims and their families,” the
To date, the Governor has granted clemency to eleven individuals, which includes six commutations and five pardons.