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Wednesday, February 10, 2010   

PIERRE, S.D. - Today, a bill that would repeal the death penalty in South Dakota will be heard in the House State Affairs Committee. HB 1245 would mandate life in prison without parole for people convicted of Class A felonies.

The Association of Christian Churches of South Dakota supports the bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Gerald Lange (D-Madison). The association's executive director, Gene Miller, says the issue may have been out of public view until recently, but the group has not changed its views.

"This has gotten kind-of pushed to the side in light of other issues, but we still have the same stance, we still have the same position."

The state has carried out only one execution in the last 50 years, that of Elijah Page in 2007 who had been convicted of murder. Miller says legislators must consider the moral implications of the death penalty.

"We are against the death penalty in all shapes and forms. You know, even setting aside the studies that have been in the paper recently about the fact that it's actually cheaper to keep someone alive, we just think it's moral and it's ethical to keep someone alive."

Miller uses segregation as an example of another controversial issue, in which he sees a distinct difference between what is legal – and what is right.

"We don't have to go that far back in our history to find, for example, segregation laws. That made that legal, but it was never moral. Our position on this would probably be similar to that: You can make it legal, but that doesn't necessarily make it right."

Similar efforts to repeal the death penalty have failed in the past few years. Those who favor the death penalty say it has broad support across the state, and believe it is an effective crime deterrent.




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