Stop Executions in Arizona

Board of Clemency, Governor Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich

It's time to end the death penalty

It's been eight years since the last execution in Arizona which resulted in a two hour long botched death of Mr. Joseph Wood. Since the incident the state of Arizona has tried to illegally obtain lethal injection drugs and has spent millions of dollars refurbishing the gas chamber and obtaining new drugs from an unknown supplier.

Arizona has a flawed justice system that invests in punishment and prioritizes private prison expansion over rehabilitation and addressing issues that are systemic root causes for crime. The Attorney General has made it a goal within his last months in office to reinstate capital punishments regardless of the mental illnesses, inadequate council representation, racial bias and potential innocence of those on death row.

To: Board of Clemency, Governor Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich
From: [Your Name]

In response to the warrant of execution granted for Mr. Clarence Dixon on April 5th and information regarding the secrecy and lack of oversight for how lethal injection drugs were procured and their efficacy I ask that the state do not resume executions and reevaluate the use of the death penalty in Arizona.

Arizona is only one of 27 states that continues to use an archaic punishment system to kill convicted individuals sentenced to death. Many of these individuals were victims themselves of violence directly witnessed members of their community experience violence and often suffer from mental illness and trauma.

The death penalty is not a deterrent and actually makes the population less safe by siphoning resources from programs that reduce harm. The National Research Council reviewed more than three decades of research and found no credible evidence that the death penalty is a viable solution.

It is of the utmost importance to take this matter seriously and consider the ramifications of this process to our society and justice system. Mr. Dixon, Mr. Atwood, and any future death row prisoners should be commuted and reevaluation of how we want to address cycles of violence should be prioritized over state sanctioned killing.