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 Six states have repealed their death penalty statutes or otherwise repudiated the practice in the last decade.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 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.