Since Sunday is a big Political day, I would like to engage in a thought-provoking discussion concerning reforming the Death Penalty in Louisiana. I feel that there should be a 5-year period to reform the Death Penalty system and if serious reforms cannot be enacted at the end of the 5-year period then a statewide vote to abolish the Death Penalty will take place.
Some of the reforms should deal with exempting those with a previous diagnosed mental illness from the Death Penalty, funding for Public Defenders, and better appeal process. Here is why triggering sunset proposal is needed; voting to elminate the death penalty without having a chance to enact reform will be a simple knee-jerk reaction and this way, having such a proposal will allow our legislators to have a chance to make reforms before a vote to sunset the Death Penalty occurs.
I am not going to be political but having Sunset reforms is a good idea because it allows to hold your government accountable.
If you would like to read more on this story, I am going to provide you a link to read from the Advocate: http://theadvocate.com/home/2482146-125/defenders-dwindling