Austin Sarat, associate dean of the faculty and William Nelson Cromwell professor of jurisprudence and political science at Amherst College and the author Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America’s Death Penalty, has written a great piece in POLITICO describing the inevitable end of the death penalty in the United States. He details the major concerns regarding the death penalty, such as the inherent biases that exist in the American justice system and the prospect of executing innocent people, that have have lead a number of states to abolish or abandon capital punishment over the past 8 years. Nebraska adds an extra dynamic to the debate, signaling that abolishing the death penalty has turned a corner and become a bipartisan issue of concern.
The factors that led to abolition in staunchly conservative Nebraska are the very same factors now finding receptive audiences across the country: Put simply, conversation about capital punishment today is less about those we seek to punish and more about the damage the death penalty does to some our nation’s most cherished values, to our beliefs in due process and equal treatment and to our commitment to insuring that no innocent person pays with his life for a crime he did not commit.
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The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has created the 90 Million Strong Campaign to unite the voices of those who believe the death penalty is wrong. We need to demonstrate that the broad public support to end this practice is already here in America, and 90 million people speaking up can make a difference.