Colorado Legislative Council Staff
NO FISCAL IMPACT
December 30, 1997
Susan Colling (866-4784)
TITLE: CONCERNING PROCEDURES RELATED TO THE EXECUTION OF PRISONERS IN THE CUSTODY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, ELIMINATING THE PROHIBITION AGAINST THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS MAKING THE DAY AND HOUR OF EXECUTIONS PUBLIC AND INCREASING THE NUMBER OF WITNESSES WHO MAY ATTEND EXECUTIONS.
Summary of Legislation
This bill would eliminate the prohibition against the Executive Director of the Department of Corrections or such person’s designee making the day and time of a prisoner’s execution public. This bill would also authorize the Executive Director or such person’s designee to allow fifteen or fewer witnesses to witness an execution, not including those persons whose presence is necessary to conduct the execution.
The bill will become effective at 12:01 a.m. on the day following the ninety-day period after adjournment sine die of the General Assembly, or on the date of the official declaration of the vote of the people as proclaimed by the Governor, if a referendum petition is filed pursuant to Article V, Section 1 (3) of the State Constitution.
The legislation proposes procedural changes and is therefore assessed as having no fiscal impact and will not impact the workload of the Department of Corrections.
Department of Corrections