The death penalty in America is a broken process from start to finish. The death penalty is not justice, and the government should never have the authority to end a person's life.
Death sentences are predicted not by the heinousness of the crime but by the poor quality of the defense lawyers, the race of the accused or the victim, and the county and state in which the crime occurred. Time and time again, we have proven that the criminal justice system fails to protect the innocent and persons with serious mental disabilities and illnesses from execution. Even the administration of executions is utterly flawed: every method of execution comes with an intolerably high risk of extreme pain and torture.
Legislation entirely abolishing the death penalty has earned more support than in years past and we will continue advocating for the complete abolition of this barbaric punishment.