Inmates use Colorado’s ‘Make My Day’ law to defend cells. Lawmakers object
Colorado lawmakers advanced a bill this week to tweak the state’s “Make My Day” law so inmates couldn’t use it to defend their jail cells.
As The Associated Press reports, the law had already been used “at least twice to exonerate Colorado inmates who killed fellow inmates who entered their cells.”
The Colorado law says it’s legal to kill someone if they threaten your dwelling.
Lawyers here were able to argue two inmates who stabbed another to death in 2011 were threatened, and that their cell was their dwelling.
A district attorney argued the way the law is currently written in Colorado would prevent her from filing murder charges in an inmate killing. Others worried an inmate could cite the law after killing a prison guard.
Watch lawmakers briefly discuss the bill below:
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