Kirk Bloodsworth, death row exoneree and Advocacy Director for Witness to Innocence, penned an op-ed in the Commercial Appeal, a Memphis, Tennessee news outlet. Bloodsworth illustrates capital punishment’s many problems by citing examples of wrongful convictions, but he also points to the growing conservative opposition to the death penalty in Tennessee and nationally due to the many partnerships and work Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty is performing. Bloodsworth stated,
Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is working to repeal the state’s death penalty by educating Tennesseans about these problems and organizing citizens to act. And more voices are joining the chorus for repeal. Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty (conservativesconcerned.org) is working to organize conservatives nationally and in Tennessee who are voicing their concerns; among its supporters in Tennessee is Drew Johnson, a senior fellow at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and founder of the Beacon Center, who believes that a government program like the death penalty runs a high probability of killing innocent people.