Washington, DC - 4/29/2015 - Today the Supreme Court heard arguments about whether the state of Oklahoma may kill condemned prisoners in a manner that knowledgeable and credible experts agree would result in an unconstitutionally cruel and painful death.
This is a critical question that must be sorted out—the prospect of torturing condemned prisoners to death cannot be countenanced.
The real question however is: should we be doing this at all? And how much longer will we focus our energies and attention on a practice that is waning and collapsing under its own weight?
The death penalty is in decline:
There are 18 states without capital punishment. Six states have repealed their death penalty statutes or otherwise repudiated the practice in the last decade. Moratoria are in place in WA, OR, PA, OH.
As executions become rarer and more unpredictable, the justification for continuing with this practice becomes increasingly weak.
The death penalty is hindering our nation’s forward progress. It’s time to end it.
The NCADP 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.