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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  • by anon Location: hamco on Mar 4, 2011 at 12:54 AM
    shouldnt cost no more than the cost of a rope or one bullet.
  • by Tina on Mar 3, 2011 at 07:41 PM
    If they're hardened criminals, in and out of prison, they're not going to be rehabilitated. They need to die like the animals they are, Lets start with the pedophiles.
  • by Sheila on Mar 3, 2011 at 04:47 PM
    The penalty should fit the crime. Without the death penalty in place and used, there is absolutely nothing to curb crime. Most murderers are repeat offenders and have no fear of the prison system. We need to use the system we have and use it in a timely manner.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2011 at 01:56 PM
    @HUH, if you think the appeals are not neccesary, search Claude Jones in Texas. He spent years on death row, exhausted his appeals, and after his execution DNA evidence proved to everyone, even the prosecuter, he was innocent. Our justice system is not perfect and does make grievous mistakes including killing innocent men. If you want that on your hands, fine. But I sure don't.
  • by Truth Hurts on Mar 3, 2011 at 01:08 PM
    Michelle-Rehwinkle and Bill Proctor are the two biggest jokes in Tallahassee.
  • by Rowdy Location: Cairo GA on Mar 3, 2011 at 12:51 PM
    I'm glad this liberal moron is in office in Florida and not here in Grady County!!!
  • by ga. boy Location: tville on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    the law is there to work for the murders, to protect to see that they are taken care of... not the folks who are doing right trying live trouble free.....the supreme court proved that yesterday, yes freedom of speech...protesting at funerals i don't think so wake up america.......
  • by lee Location: ga on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    Here is what needs to be none. someone kills or committs a crime worthy of death sentence, they should be spanked on the back of there hand, told not to do it again, and send them on there way... this is what the bleeding heart liberals would have you do. or better yet those that oppose the death pentalty, you should be taxed at a higher rate to take care of them since you want them to live. wake up... government politicians and lawyers are to blame for the mess this country is in. here is a good example of a stupid pol. at work way to go FL.!!!!!
  • by Nole Fan Location: Tally on Mar 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM
    In response to mary horton, I hope you realize that you can't put a murderer in timeout and magically rehabilitate them. Putting a person on a life sentence is a waste of money and resources. As a taxpayer I'd rather have my dollars spent on something worth-while and not some scum bag. The fact is, a life sentence is an insult to those who were victimized. Prison isn't that hard, just behave and you get 3 free squares a day, free healthcare, and if you can't make the $5 sick-call fee it's on the taxpayer, and a roof over your head. As a Floridian I would like to actually see Florida USE the Death penalty quicker. That way Criminals will know that they will face consequences for their actions.
  • by Edith Location: Florida on Mar 3, 2011 at 10:06 AM
    Executions are not the answer to problems of people killing people. The death penalty is only given for the select few and not fore verybody that kills somebody. You have to consider that when a trial occurs, all the evident in the case may confuse the jury and the jury will vote with their heart and not the evidence. The state can not afford to put somebody to death and later find out that the person is innocent. The death penalty is used for revenge and not punishment for a crime. If the victim is well-liked, then everybody wants the death penalty However, if the person has a bad reputation, then they think life in prison is appropriate. The overcrowded prisons exist because some of the crimes being given long sentences are not justified.
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