Congress: Abolish the Federal & Military Death Penalty


Many problems exist with federal, military and state death penalty laws. These issues are explored in great detail, here. Death Penalty Action believes the death penalty is not necessary to be safe from dangerous offenders or to hold them accountable. In an era where support for capital punishment is waning and states are abolishing the punishment, the federal government began an execution spree in July, 2020 with the first federal executions since 2003. A record-setting 13 prisoners were executed between July 15, 2020 and January 16, 2021.

Please join us in asking members of congress to take the following steps:

  • Address pervasive and systemic racism in the criminal legal system by ending the federal and military death penalty; Sign on in support of H.R. 262, Rep. Pressley's & Senator Durbin's Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act of 2021. (Rep. Espaillat has a similar bill in H.B. 97.)
  • Remove the power of the president to use executions for his own political purposes by passing legislation to end the federal death penalty and prohibit any further federal executions;
  • Close the legal loophole that allowed the federal government to override the Navajo Nation's stated desire that Lezmond Mitchell not face execution.

Tell congress the death penalty is not an effective tool to stop crime. Government makes mistakes, the criminal justice system is fraught with disparity and unfairness, prison workers should not be forced to take on the burden of killing defenseless prisoners once let alone at the rapid pace of the current federal execution schedule, and it is a cruel hoax to suggest that executions provide healing to murder victim family members.

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