Proponents of repeal of the death penalty have picked up a potentially pivotal vote in the Senate with the decision of Sen.
In an interview last night, the previously undecided Young said he had made up his mind to vote for the bill backed by Gov.
"It's more costly to execute (murderers) than to keep them for life," Young said. He added that prison officials have told him that lifers frequently turn into model prisoners because they depend on the privileges they accumulate.
Young, a freshman Democrat, was identified last week by Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Chairman
Young narrowly won election in 2010 in a district that previously sent a conservative Republican to the Senate. But he said he wasn't concerned about political fallous from his vote.