Washington, DC - 10/23/14 - “Twenty years after Gallup polling showed a remarkable 80 percent of Americans in favor of the death penalty, the pendulum has swung back in the right direction: Today, the movement is on the side of repealing this outdated, broken practice. Among all political groups, more people now say they oppose capital punishment, and no wonder: In the span of just 10 days this month, four people who’d spent a collective 91 years in prison had their convictions thrown out, including two men who were sent to Death Row row for a murder they did not commit. At the same time, the public has seen a number of botched executions revealing how very ill-equipped states are to administer the practice.
“Together, it’s irrefutable evidence that it’s time to end the death penalty, once and for all. That’s why in states across the country, we’ve seen bipartisan support to repeal the death penalty—including by Republican representatives in Kentucky, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas, Montana and New Hampshire. We look forward to mobilizing the broad and diverse coalition of nearly 90 million Americans who believe that we can do better than the death penalty.”
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.