John Henry is scheduled to be executed in Florida on June 18th. We have seen time and again how the death penalty fails us, especially under the current climate of secrecy, experimentation, and lack of accountability. The states carrying out executions have demonstrated that they cannot do it in a way consistent with the constitution.
90 million people oppose the death penalty. We’re united, we’re powerful, and we’re on the ground fighting for change. We stand with the inmates and lawyers who are demanding to know the source of the drugs to be used in their execution. We stand with the advocates and legislators who are working hard to fight execution drug secrecy. We are 90 million strong, and we’re not backing down.
These are stories from Floridians who oppose the death penalty and who are part of the 90 million strong nationwide that are ready to halt all executions.
Are you one of the 90 million people who opposes the death penalty? Raise your voice, and share your story today.
"I’m a 69 year old grandmother. I have believed for most of my life that killing is wrong. The death penalty doesn’t change anyone’s behavior. We need to help parents raise children with love. We need to spend our money supporting parents, teaching them how to parent so that they will teach children to be kind to others. Hurt people, hurt people. Kill the death penalty because we’re going about it backwards."
Palm Coast, Florida
"I oppose the death penalty because it is inhumane, unnecessary, and costly. The financial cost is staggering, but the real tragedy is the human cost: lives lost, families broken, and vengeance perpetuated under the law."
"Murder is MURDER, regardless of who committs the act. Add to that our judicial system is sadly so corrupt that innocent people we’re and will continue to be murdered by our state. The states even violate the law by killer the mentally ill.
We must put an end to this."
J Fatima Jamal Bako
Daytona Beach, Florida
"My sister, Ginger, was murdered in 1985. Although we are still hopeful, the case remains unsolved.
If it is solved, I would not want Ginger’s murderer to get the death penalty for the following reasons !) Innocent people have been put to death 2) The death penalty is barbaric. What kind of an example is our government setting for society? What kind of people are we? 3) The death penalty does not deter crime."
"Thou shall not kill … What do the people in the United States really believe when they kill their citizens?"
"Killing is wrong, always.
Killing someone prevents them from ever repenting or atoning for what they did.
Killing someone diminishes all of us. “Ask not for whom the bells tolls, it tolls for thee.” John Donne
Killing is not about prevention or deterring - we know that doesn’t work.
Killing does not bring true peace to the victims’ families - only letting go can do that."
"There are numerous reasons for my firm and unconditional opposition to the death penalty. Here, I’d like to point out one of them — the death penalty violates the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, prohibiting cruel and unusual punishments. The death penalty is inherently cruel and statistical trends show that it is becoming increasingly unusual in the States and around the world, too. I share the belief of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan that one day a majority of the Supreme Court will rule that capital punishment is unconstitutional both at the state and federal levels – hopefully this day will come sooner rather than later."
West Palm Beach, Florida
"I have represented prisoners on death row in post-conviction proceedings. I oppose capital punishment because it is morally wrong, it cannot be fairly applied, and it is fiscally irresponsible."
"I am opposed to the death penalty because it is a distraction. It tricks us into focusing a great deal of energy on an offender’s actions instead of thinking about what we could do to prevent crime or how we should take care of victims’ families. We deserve better communities and solutions to violence than we will build while we’re hanging onto the death penalty."
St. Petersburg, Florida