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Year of Reenactment
(since 1972 suspension)
  1973
Year of First Execution
(since reenactment)
1983
History

1884-1939: hanging

1940-1989: electrocution

1990-present: lethal injection

Current Method
Lethal injection
   





 
Louisiana has life without parole.  A jury decides the sentence.  The Governor has the authority to act on the advice of the Board of Pardons. The Governor needs a favorable  recommendation in order to grant clemency. However, the Governor is not bound by that favorable recommendation. The Governor also has the unlimited and absolute power to grant reprieves.


As of January 2009, there have been eight exonerations. In 2003, John Thompson was exonerated when a retrial allowing him to present evidence supressed by the state during the original trial in 1985. Also in 2003, Herbert Welcome was granted clemency following the United States Supreme Court decision in Atkins v. Virginia which banned the execution of the mentally retarded. Dan L. Bright and Ryan Matthews were both exonerated in 2004. 

 




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