Activist Speaks Out Against the Death Penalty

Posted at 9:15 PM, Apr 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-14 16:53:20-04

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WTXL) - Capital punishment is currently legal in 32 states, and Florida is one of the leading states in sending the most inmates to death row.

One woman is in Tallahassee speaking out against the death penalty, and her connection to the form of punishment is personal.

Kathy Dillon was 14 years old when her father was shot and killed in the line of duty. 10 years later her boyfriend, was also shot and killed and left dead on a roadside. Today, she stands firm against the death penalty.

Dillons says, "One of the most critical issues I feel is that the death penalty system is a human system, therefore mistakes are made. Convictions and executions of innocent people can occur."

As a member of Murder Victim's Families for Reconciliation, she travels across the state speaking out about the issue. Dillon believes that humans shouldn't have the power to decide who lives or who dies.

According to the House Judiciary Subcommittee, more then 140 people have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence over the last 40 years.

Last month, the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted on a bill that would require a unanimous vote in capital penalty cases to recommend a death sentence.