Sunday, September 21st, marked three years since Troy Davis was put to death by the state of Georgia. Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, issued the following statement
“Three years ago, the world watched in disbelief as the state of Georgia executed a man despite doubts about his guilt. It was a low point for American justice. We pledged to honor the memory of Troy Davis and redeem our justice system by ending the death penalty once and for all.
“Today, we take stock of our progress. Since then, two states have done away capital punishment entirely, and in two more states moratoriums on executions are in place. Public support for the death penalty is at a 40-year low. And opposition is at an all-time high. But we have work to do. As the death penalty shrinks in its use to a handful of places in a handful of states, it has become less accountable to the public and more arbitrary.
“Today, we rededicate ourselves and redouble our efforts to put an end to the practice of killing prisoners as punishment in the United States. The time for this is long overdue. We pledge to make this day a milestone each year by which to measure our progress in ending capital punishment, until it is done.”