DENVER (AP) – Colorado is closer to removing a loophole that allowed two prison inmates to be exonerated of killing a fellow prisoner by invoking a “Make My Day” law.
The state House passed a bill Friday clarifying that the law, which allows people to use deadly force to defend their homes and themselves, doesn’t apply to prison cells.
The 1985 law has been invoked to throw out murder charges against two inmates accused of stabbing a fellow inmate to death in the Sterling Correctional Facility.
More than 30 states have some variation of a self-defense law for homes or businesses. The Colorado prison cases were believed to be a national first.
The Colorado bill now heads to the Senate.
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