Innnocent Man Who Spent Time on Death Row Speaks Out Against Capital Punishment

NORFOLK – A man wrongfully placed on death row for 17 years is speaking out against the death penalty.

Juan Melendez-Colon was wrongfully convicted of murder in Florida in 1983, and spent 17 years on death row, before being released in 2002. Melendez said while in Norfolk Wednesday that he’s used his time since getting out to speak out against the death penalty.

“The problem with the death penalty is all about details and education,” Melendez-Colon said. “People need to know that it’s racist. People need to know that it does not deter crime. People need to know that it costs too much. People need to know that it’s cruel and unnecessary.”

Nebraska lawmakers repealed the death penalty in the 2015 session, but voters will decide if that repeal will stand in next month’s general election.

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