Tell Congress: The Death Penalty is Wrong

The United States Congress

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"The death penalty makes for a good 'tough on crime' sound-bite, but it is an expensive and ineffective public policy no matter how you look at it. We can be safe from dangerous individuals and hold them accountable without executions."  --Abe Bonowitz, Co-Director, Death Penalty Action

UPDATE: Rep. Ayanna Pressley has introduced H.R. 4052, legislation to abolish the federal death penalty.  Read more here.

September 3, 2019 - Death Penalty Action - In July, the Attorney General set five federal execution dates. The first date is December 9, 2019. The law provides for a four month period before clemency hearings, with the President being the final arbiter on whether or not to extend mercy by granting clemency with a commutation of a death sentence.

Responding to ongoing mass shootings, in late August the Trump Administration announced it will push for expedited executions for mass shooters who happen to survive their terror attacks.

But first, sign this petition, which will convey your message to congress, and add you to the list of Death Penalty Action.

When federal executions last occurred under the presidency of George W. Bush, two of the people leading the protests in the field outside the federal prison at Terre Haute, Indiana were Scott Langley and Abe Bonowitz. Scott took this photo, and that's Abe discussing matters with a very nice Indiana State Police Officer:  Now, as co-directors of Death Penalty Action, we are  leading this fight once again. Sign on. Stand by. More resources and action opportunities are coming soon.

Meanwhile, get your gear, and learn more about this issue. Welcome to the movement to abolish the death penalty.

Add your name now to tell Congress and send a signal to the administration: 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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To: The United States Congress
From: [Your Name]

The President has always exhibited himself as a big fan of the death penalty. In July the Trump Administration set five federal execution dates, and in late August they announced plans to push for expedited executions for mass shooters, as if that is going to stop deranged, suicidal terrorists.

Even Donald Trump can change his mind, but until he does, the best thing you can do would be to take away the keys to the car. We are writing to urge you to abolish the death penalty in the United States.

Our nation is strong enough and smart enough that it can hold dangerous offenders accountable and be safe from them without executions. We do that every day in the vast majority of homicide cases. 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. We can and must do better for the families left behind in the wake of violence.

In addition to supporting H.R. 4052 and any other legislation to limit or repeal the death penalty, please urge the Attorney General to withdraw any pending federal execution dates and find ways to encourage the President to commute all federal death sentences to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Also, reject any legislation which would expand the federal death penalty. Thank you.