Washington, DC - 9/22/14 - “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.”
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.