Year of Reenactment
(since 1972 suspension)
Year of First Execution
(since reenactment)

1868-1896: hanging

1897-1900: no death penalty

1901-1932: hanging

1933-1987: lethal gas

1988-present: lethal injection

Current Method
Lethal injection


Colorado has life without parole. A jury decides the sentence.  The Governor is fully authorized when he or she deems it proper and consistent with the public interest and the rights of the condemned to commute the sentence in any case by reducing the sentence to life imprisonment or a term of not less than 20 years of hard labor.

Colorado has one of the better systems of legal representation, a small death row and only one execution since re-enactment.

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