Pennsylvania lawmakers unveil bill to end death penalty

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A group of lawmakers plans to introduce legislation that would end the death penalty in Pennsylvania.

Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), Sen. Katie Muth (D-Berks, Chester, Montgomery), and Rep. Chris Rabb (D-Philadelphia) say the death penalty has proven to be unsuccessful as a crime deterrent, incredibly costly, and a flawed system of punishment.

The lawmakers said since 2010, states with a death penalty have had an 18% or higher increase in homicide rates than states that abolished the punishment.

They added that because the appeals process can last decades, most people sentenced to death typically die of old age rather than lethal injection.

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