By Susan Sarandon, Actress and Humanitarian
Playing Sister Helen Prejean in the film “Dead Man Walking” was my awakening to the deep injustice of the death penalty.
The more I learned about the death penalty, the more I knew I had to raise my voice against it.
Just a couple weeks ago, Glenn Ford, an African American man convicted by an all-white jury, was released from a Louisiana prison after serving 30 years on death row for a murder he did not commit.
The state stole 30 years from Glenn’s life and almost killed him because of its mistake.
18 states have abolished this barbaric practice, and Amnesty International’s State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinators are working with the movement in their respective states to put an end to the death penalty across the country. New Hampshire may be next. Please join me now to help make that happen.
Sign Amnesty’s petition calling for an end to the death penalty in New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire State Senate will soon vote on a bill that, when signed into law, would abolish the death penalty in the state.
[pullquote text=”Massive public pressure has helped end the death penalty in 18 states in recent years. You can help make New Hampshire next.”]The bill already passed the state’s House of Representatives by a wide margin.
Massive public pressure has helped end the death penalty in 18 states in recent years. You can help make New Hampshire next.
The death penalty is not an effective deterrent to violent crime. Moreover, death penalty trials are deeply and tragically flawed, tainted by issues of poverty, racism and human error.
In fact, 144 people have been exonerated from death row based on evidence of their innocence. Others were executed before being able to prove their innocence.
And even in cases of clear guilt, how does taking a convicted murderer’s life make us anything other than killers ourselves?
I support Amnesty’s efforts to end this cruel, brutal and inhumane practice once and for all.
Raise your voice with me and together we will end the death penalty in New Hampshire.