A blog produced by the Oregon Justice Resource Center discussing the death penalty (capital punishment) in Oregon and in the Ninth Circuit.
From the ACLU-WA: With the state facing a staggering $2 billion budget hole, why does Washington continue to spend tax dollars on a death penalty system that doesn’t make us safer? The death penalty is costly, unfair, and poses an unacceptable risk of executing the innocent. Please sign our petition telling legislators to support replacing the death penalty with life in prison without parole.
We, the undersigned, urge you to support legislation ending the death penalty in Washington.
The death penalty is costly, unfair, and does not deter crime. The death penalty also poses an unacceptable risk of executing the innocent. It’s time to follow other states’ lead and stop wasting millions of our tax dollars on a capital punishment system that is broken beyond repair.
Police chiefs across our country agree that the death penalty is an ineffective way to stop violent crime. Rather than spending tax dollars on something that doesn’t make us safer, the state should redirect those resources to programs that support victims and their families, and that enhance public safety.
The legislature in Illinois recently took action to end the death penalty, bringing the number of states without capital punishment to 16. Washington should join them. Please support legislation to replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole.