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your state should be the next to formally abolish the death penalty.

The only major users of the death penalty left in the world are China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Egypt -- two of them designated "enemies" of the U.S. government, the other three brutal governments that the U.S. has no business arming and supporting.

RootsAction activists were part of a campaign that just succeeded in ending the death penalty in Virginia. Now 23 U.S. states, plus Washington, D.C., have abolished the death penalty, and 3 more have imposed moratoriums. Most of the other 24 states have effectively stopped using capital punishment, but just not abolished it.

Click here to email your state legislators and governor urging abolition!
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The evidence shows no deterrent effect from the death penalty.1

The death penalty not only teaches that killing is acceptable, but also teaches that senseless retribution is the framework for lesser punishments. This drives the entire justice system away from restitution, restorative justice, and rehabilitation.

The death penalty, even if never imposed, is used by prosecutors to bully people — some of them innocent of any crime — into plea agreements.2

Since 1973, over 165 people have been exonerated and removed from death row in the United States. An unknown number of innocent people have been executed.3

Use of the death penalty is persistently and significantly racially biased.4

The financial cost of exhausting appeals and executing someone far outstrips the cost of prison, which far outstrips the cost of a top-quality education.

Much of the world and the world’s governments condemn the death penalty as a gross violation of human rights. For this reason, the U.S. government is sometimes unable to extradite people charged with crimes. For the same reason, the U.S. government struggles in efforts to recommend better human rights practices to others.

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-- The RootsAction.org Team

Footnotes:
1. Death Penalty Information Center: "Deterrence"
2. Ilyana Kuziemko, Harvard University: "Does the Threat of the Death Penalty Affect Plea Bargaining in Murder Cases?"
3. Death Penalty Information Center: "Innocence"
4. Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Los Angeles Times: "Bias in the justice system is real, and the death penalty reveals it"


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