SENATE VOTES TO END YOUTH CAPITAL PENALTY

Florida: SENATE VOTES TO END YOUTH CAPITAL PENALTY

The Senate approved a bill barring the death penalty for felons who commit capital crimes as juveniles.

The bill, SB 224, sets the minimum age at 18 for capital punishment for felons.

The bill would not be retroactive. Four death row inmates committed their offenses when they were under the age of 18.

The House and Senate have previously passed similar bills, but none has managed to clear both chambers in the same session. The House version, HB 63, is pending in committee.

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