“They’re tough issues. No one wants to put someone to death unless they’re sure they did it. It’s not fair to the victims’ families to go through this process every couple of years.” state Rep. Kenny Havard, R-St. Francisville
Frustrated with the yawning distance between the pronouncement of a death-penalty sentence and the actual execution, state Rep. Kenny Havard wants to accelerate the process.
“We have inmates on death row for 20 to 30 years,” Havard complained.
At issue is whether his proposed solution would speed anything at all.
Havard, R-St. Francisville, filed House Bill 71 to eliminate an exemption that gives death row inmates extra time to file their post-conviction appeals. Under the bill, inmates would have to file their state court applications for post-conviction relief within two years of their sentence becoming final. The idea is to accelerate the appeals process.
The bill will be debated in the legislative session that starts next month.