Death Penalty Won't Stop Drug Crisis

United States Congress

The President of the United States has made the death penalty a central theme of his plan to address the opioid crisis in the United States. Dr. Jon Groner, and expert on both the death penalty and the results of the current drug crisis, spells out the issues here. He concludes:

"“Death penalty for drug dealers” is a good sound bite, but an expensive and ineffective policy for the most severe epidemic to affect our country in a generation."

No matter your opinion of what drug dealers deserve or whether this country should expand its use of the death penalty as a way to deal with the drug crisis, this proposal simply makes no sense as a practical public policy. President Trump seems not to have taken a careful look at the most expensive element of our nations' criminal justice system - the death penalty. Imprisonment actually costs much less and is just as effective at protecting society. If it turns out we've made a mistake, we can free a prisoner. However, we cannot free an innocent person from the grave.

Please tell your congressional representatives to reject expansion of the death penalty as a way to help stem the opioid drug crisis.


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To: United States Congress
From: [Your Name]

No matter your opinion of capital punishment or what drug dealers may deserve, President Trump's proposal to include expanded use of the death penalty simply makes no sense as a practical public policy. As your constituent I urge you to oppose it.