Tell Your State Legislators to Abolish the Death Penalty

The death penalty's slow death is accelerating. At least 140 nations no longer use it. No nation in Europe uses the death penalty. No nation in the Western Hemisphere uses it, except the United States.

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.
That leaves 24 states yet to go, most of which have effectively stopped using capital punishment, but just not abolished it.

If you are from one of these states, please click below to email your legislators and governor (this includes three with moratoriums that should legislate abolition): Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wyoming.

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