FADP Statement on Today’s Florida Supreme Court Opinions on Hurst v. Florida and Perry v. Florida
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 14, 2016
CONTACT: Mark Elliott, FADP Director, (727) 215-9646, [email protected]
Today, the Florida Supreme Court Released Opinions in Hurst v. Florida and Perry v. Florida.
Responding to the opinions, Mark Elliott, executive director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty stated:
“Today’s opinions released by the Florida Supreme Court continue to reveal a broken, mistake-prone death penalty system that fails victims’ families, the innocent, and taxpayers. It is time to end the use of Florida’s failed death penalty government program.”
“For more than a decade, prosecutors have known full well that Florida’s death sentencing scheme was seriously flawed and could be unconstitutional, yet they downplayed concerns and advised against reforms. Victims’ families were dragged through long, repetitive, and painful procedures, record numbers of innocent people were sentenced to death, and Florida taxpayers paid the enormous costs.”
“Since Florida resumed executions in the 1970’s, 92 people have been executed while 26 have been exonerated, that’s more than one exoneration for every four executions. No one knows how many more innocent people are on death row, or God forbid, have been executed.”
READ THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT OPINIONS:
Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
FADP is a non-profit and non-partisan Florida organization of individuals and groups united to abolish the Death Penalty in Florida.