Colorado Repeals the Death Penalty

Colorado becomes the 22nd state to abolish the death penalty. The state's last execution was over 20 years ago.

On March 23, 2020, Governor Jared Polis signed legislation that repeals the death penalty—making Colorado the 22nd state to abolish capital punishment. (S.B. 20-100.) The bill applies to crimes committed on or after July 1, 2020. For the three men who remained on death row, the governor commuted their sentences to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The last execution in Colorado was in 1997.

Effective: July 1, 2020