Legislative Issues

Each year when the Georgia General Assembly meets, members of GFADP mobilize to lobby Georgia legislators for death penalty reform.  We advocate for an end to executions and we work stop any proposed expansions of the death penalty.  On this page you can learn about current legislative issues facing Georgia's system of capital punishment and take action against the death penalty.
  • Intellectual Disability and the Death Penalty

Georgia is the only state in the country that uses the most difficult standard of proof in order to meet the legal standard of Intellectual Disability in death penalty cases “Beyond a reasonable doubt.” This standard is a fairly challenging legal obstacle to overcome, and Georgia is an outlier in requiring it.  Of the 33 jurisdictions that still have the death penalty, 22 use the standard of “preponderance of the evidence.” Because of Georgia’s incredibly high standard of proof, Georgia continues to execute people with intellectual disabilities, including Warren Lee Hill, who the State of Georgia executed on January 27, 2015. Had Mr. Hill been convicted of the same crime in any other state, he would not have been eligible for the death penalty. 

  • Indigent Defense
    • 80% of Georgians accused of crimes cannot afford their own attorney, yet Georgia has repeated slashed the public defender budget.
    • Insufficient funding for indigent defendants prevents the state from fulfilling its Constitutional obligation to provide attorneys for all those accused of crimes.
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(L-R) GFADP Board Members Sen. Vincent Fort, Martina Correia, and Sara Totonchi at GFADP Lobby Day 2009.

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