The House Criminal Justice Committee rejects a proposal to that sought to end the death penalty in Louisiana. Speaking in favor of the bill was Bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Shelton Shelton Fabre, who says every human life is sacred. He says an execution cannot bring back a loved one or heal terrible wounds.
“The death penalty is sought for the purpose of revenge and not justice. We should never equate the value of a person’s life with the worst thing they’ve ever done.”
Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor, who has a similar measure in the Senate, says the death penalty costs our state millions of dollars, which is important given our state’s massive budget deficit. He also adds the death penalty doesn’t make Louisiana any safer.
“I don’t believe that it’s a deterrent, when you dig into the numbers and see that states like Illinois and Massachusetts, that don’t have a death penalty have a much, much lower homicide rate than we do.”
But the proposal failed on an eight to nine vote. Hugo Holland with the Louisiana District Attorneys Association defended the need for the death penalty...
“Our system is designed to keep people from seeking their own retribution, which is why we have the death penalty.”
Mother of slain St. John the Baptist Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Triche, Edie Triche, says the death penalty isn’t about revenge, but justice. She says the murder of law enforcement officers deserves the protections that come with first degree murder.
“To do away with the death penalty means my son’s life didn’t matter at all. He gave his life to his community and to his state.”