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


Justice Breyer: “I believe it highly likely that the death penalty violates the Eighth Amendment.”

“Justice Stephen Breyer reiterated his call for the Supreme Court to reconsider the constitutionality of the death penalty on Thursday night, just hours before the justices are due to consider hearing a case that could do just that.” Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/supreme-court-justice-again-urges-its-time-to-reconsider-the#.icO46gkO9M

BREAKING NEWS: Death Penalty Repeal Advances in Two Key States

Lawmakers in Delaware and Kansas have announced their intentions to move forward with death penalty repeal legislation early in 2016. This is more evidence of national momentum away from capital punishment in the U.S. The Delaware Repeal Bill, SB40 is scheduled to be considered on the House floor this Thursday, January 28th. A broad coalition […]


Why conservatives are abandoning the death penalty

Earlier this week, an article that I wrote was published in the ultra conservative Washington Examiner. In the piece, I expanded on the conservative case against the death penalty. I wrote, Regardless of whether one supports the death penalty in theory, in practice capital punishment has a long documented history of failing to live up […]


Reflections on Martin Luther King’s Legacy and the Death Penalty

On the occasion of Martin Luther King Junior’s 87th birthday, we must examine our national progress on a project that Dr. King framed so beautifully throughout his life’s work. Dr. King’s activism helped bring about two landmark pieces of civil rights legislation, reforms that lifted millions out of poverty, and an end to the war […]

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