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Florida death penalty delays

FLORIDA   --  State lawmakers say they are tired of delays in carrying out death sentences.   
It takes an average of 13 years in Florida to get from sentencing to execution.
   
What's being done to try and speed up the process.
Several capital murder cases have been heard in courtrooms but now there are questions about how long is too long when it comes to sitting on death row.

Bills now in the house and senate would create quicker timeframes for appeals. They would also make it harder for inmates to dismiss their lawyers and would increase the requirements for making certain legal arguments.

It takes an average of 13 years in Florida to get from sentencing to execution. Florida has 403 inmates on death row. That's more than any other state except California, which has 724.

Let's take a look at some of the comments on our Facebook about this topic.
Dennis A. says: "Guilty admissions should get next day fast passes to the hereafter."

Olivia W. says: "Some cases when technology improved, they were innocent. I know that's a small group, but cut out other benefits these criminals get while in prison."

Some say legislators will have to walk a fine since 24 men sentenced to die in Florida have been acquitted since the early 1970's.