Mark Pritchard MP visits South Dakota

15 February 2016

Mark Pritchard MP visits South Dakota

South Dakota retains the death penalty with the two most recent executions carried out in 2012. The Sodium Thiopental used in lethal injections has been hard to get hold of since the EU ban and for South Dakota is reportedly being obtained from India.

With support from the UK Consulate based in Chicago who organised the programme, Mark met with representatives from: the South Dakota Senate House, South Dakotans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and the South Dakota Peace and Justice Centre in February 2016. For South Dakota and in line with many other States, the death penalty is a live issue with a bill for abolition introduced into the State House of Representatives in 2014  but which did not reach the floor of the House. A further Senate Bill was filed in January 2016 which is more likely to be successful as Republicans are beginning to support such legislation.There is much interest in the developments in Nebraska where the state legislature has voted for abolition, the Governor opposes it and a referendum on the issue is due in November 2016.