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County prosecutor calls for repeal of state’s death penalty

In this July 29, 2015 photo, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg speaks in Seattle. (Bettina Hansen / Associated Press)
In this July 29, 2015 photo, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg speaks in Seattle. (Bettina Hansen / Associated Press)

SEATTLE – King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg is urging lawmakers to repeal the state’s death penalty.

The Northwest News Network reports that Satterberg plans to testify on Monday in favor of a proposal to replace capital punishment with life without the possibility of parole.

Satterberg has previously called for a change to the state’s death penalty, but that idea has not gained traction.

Satterberg says the state’s criminal justice system would be stronger without the death penalty. He says the penalty has not worked as a deterrent to criminals.

Satterberg also says most counties in Washington state can’t afford to prosecute a death penalty case.

There are currently eight people on death row in Washington.


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