I have always found that mercy

bears richer fruits than strict justice.”

…Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States


[the death penalty is a reflection

of the animal instinct still in human beings”

…Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa, Nobel Peace Prize winner


i have reached the conviction

that the abolition of the death penalty is desirable. reasons: 1. irreparability in the event of an error in justice; 2. detrimental moral influences [on a society carrying out an execution].”

…Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize winner


The satisfaction of retribution

that the death penalty supplies can never outweigh the danger of unfair or erroneous application as long as it exists.”

…New York Times


an eye for an eye

makes the whole world blind.”

…Mahatma Gandhi


what you do to those men,

you do to God.”

…Mother Teresa, To a California Death Row guard in 1987


capital punishment is

society’s final assertion that it will not forgive.”

…Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


people who were fully informed

as to the purposes of the death penalty and it’s liabilities would find the penalty shocking, unjust, and unacceptable.”

… Thurgood Marshall, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice


whenever any American Life

is taken by another unnecessarily – whether it is done in the name of the law or in defiance of the law… in an attack of violence or in response to violence – the whole nation is degraded.”

…Robert F. Kennedy


my brother was a man of love and

sentiment and compassion. he would not have wanted his death to be cause for the taking of another life.”

…Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy on Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination by Sirhan Sirhan


Latest News


Judge: Dispute over execution drug to go to trial

HELENA — A judge ruled Thursday that a constitutional challenge to Montana’s execution methods will go to trial. The Sept. 2 trial will focus on whether the sedative pentobarbital, which is called for under Montana’s lethal injection protocols, could lead to an excruciating and terrifying death. Attorneys for Ronald Allen Smith and William Gollehon — […]


Breaking: Nebraskans to vote on the death penalty

Today, a group of death penalty supporters submitted signatures for a referendum on death penalty repeal – enough to suspend repeal and put it on the November 2016 ballot if they are all verified. The media might tell you that this kills the repeal of the death penalty that you helped achieve this spring. They […]


Against the Death Penalty…Again

By Khalilah L. Brown-Dean (Originally published by the New Haven Register on Thursday, August 13, 2015) Today the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a groundbreaking ruling that capital punishment violates the state constitution. Although legislators voted in 2012 to prohibit death sentences for future convictions, the court’s decision means that the 11 inmates currently on death […]

Executions in the United States by Year since 1976 From Death Penalty Information Center

Death Penalty by the Numbers

By Bill Pesch Originally published by Pacific Daily News on August 2nd, 2015 The historic roots of capital punishment in America date back to the colonial period. The first recorded execution took place in 1608, when Captain George Kendall was executed by a firing squad for mutiny. At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War in […]

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