Know the Facts About Capital Punishment

Capital punishment does not work. There is a wealth of mounting evidence that proves this fact.

The death penalty, both in the U.S. and around the world, is discriminatory and is used disproportionately against the poor, minorities and members of racial, ethnic and religious communities. Since humans are fallible, the risk of executing the innocent can never be eliminated.

Furthermore, the astronomical costs associated with putting a person on death row – including criminal investigations, lengthy trials and appeals – are leading many states to re-evaluate and re-consider having this flawed and unjust system on the books.

Learn more about death penalty statistics and key arguments:

You can also find information about executions by state or method, or view the current schedule of executions in the U.S.

U.S. Death Penalty Facts Updates
It’s time to stop turning a blind eye. Missouri’s refusal to stop the execution of Russell Bucklew proves just how cruel the death penalty is and why it must come to an end.
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