HARRISBURG – Last week, Gov. Josh Shapiro called on state lawmakers to end the death penalty and announced that he will not issue any execution warrants during his term of office. As a result, Philadelphia County Rep. Chris Rabb plans to re-introduce legislation which would repeal PA’s death penalty, a bill that he has proposed three times since taking office in 2017. Rabb said the death penalty is not only an ineffective deterrent to violent crime, but also an incredibly costly and flawed system of punishment. PA has exonerated 11 men from death row, five since 2019 and three in 2020. Should the Keystone State enact Rabb’s legislation, it would join 23 other states that abolished the death penalty.