Washington, DC - 5/15/15 - The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty today issued a statment expressing their disappointment with the decision to give the death penalty to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
NCADP Executive Director Diann Rust-Tierney stated:
“We are deeply disappointed by today’s decision, which perpetuates the use of an unfair, unjust practice that is disproportionately used on poor people and people of color. We had held out hope for a different punishment, given that the majority of people in Massachusetts, including many of the victims’ family members, oppose the death penalty and have outlawed it in their state. We express our sincerest condolences for the victims of the attack and their families, and wish them peace in the aftermath of this tragedy.”
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is the nation's oldest organization dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty. We are comprised of an extensive network representing more than 100 state and national affiliate organizations and thousands of advocates and volunteers. Our members include families of murder victims, people across the political and religious spectrum, past and present law enforcement officials and prominent civil and racial justice organizations working to end the death penalty forever.
In January 2014, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty launched the 90 Million Strong Campaign to partner with and mobilize a growing number of national organizations and individuals who believe that it is time for the death penalty to end.