Florida Lawmaker Calls for Ban on Executions

A Big Bend lawmaker has introduced a bill to try to ban the death penalty in Florida.

Michelle Rehwinkle-Vasilinda filed a bill this week to ban executions and instead sentence those who commit capital crimes to life without parole.

The average prisoner spends 12 years on X-wing now.

Rehwinkle-Vasilinda says she is opposed to the death penalty both morally and fiscally.

'It's 50 million dollars for every person we execute and we usually execute two people a year. That's 100 million dollars. When you're looking for cost savings, I think everything should be on the table and I think retribution is very expensive," she said.

Rehwinkle-Vasilinda says the chances of the death penalty ban passing are "improbable" but calls it an important discussion.

This filing comes just one week after a Leon County jury recommended its first death sentence in nearly 20 years.


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