Lawmakers in Sierra Leone voted unanimously on Friday to abolish the death penalty, a momentous step that made the West African country the 23rd on the continent to prohibit capital punishment.
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Lawmakers in the West African nation voted unanimously Friday to outlaw capital punishment and replace it with life imprisonment or a minimum 30-year sentence for such crimes as murder or treason.
The US attorney general has imposed a moratorium on all federal executions while the justice department reviews its policies and procedures on capital punishment. Activists have been pushing for a halt since the Trump administration.
Its become much more difficult to figure out what the Biden administration plans to do about the death penalty, even though the president and attorney general previously had left little doubt.
With the effects of COVID-19 many prisoners have been separated from their loved ones even more so than before. Having more than a year apart from seeing their families has caused a serious impact.
The Nevada Assembly passed a bill that would abolish the death penalty and convert all capital sentences to life without parole. Several similar bills have been floated before, but never made it out of committee.
Aged 18 he committed three violent offences and was convicted. He was told the minimum time he’d be in prison would be three and a half years. But 16 years and 17 jails later he’s still there, “left to rot”, he says.
UNGRIPP campaigns on behalf of prisoners and ex-prisoners serving the Indeterminate Sentence for Public Protection in England and Wales. Although repealed by the Government in 2012, yet 1,000s are still subject to it.