Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty

Christian Singer Amy Grant Opposes the Death Penalty

We’re proud to see 6 time Grammy Award winner and 22 time Dove Award winner Amy Grant take a stand against the death penalty. More and more Christians are realizing the death penalty does not align with their values.

*Photo courtesy of Shane Claiborne

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Pope Francis Declares Death Penalty Inadmissable

Pope Francis has declared the death penalty wrong in all cases, marking one of the biggest shifts ever in the 2,000 year old history of the Roman Catholic Church.

Francis said executions were unacceptable in all cases because they are “an attack” on human dignity, and the Vatican added that it will work “with determination” to abolish capital punishment worldwide.

Many Catholics across our country have already determined that the death penalty fails to value the sanctity of human life, deter violence, or disrupt cycles of trauma. For them, this change in the Church’s teaching is a reassuring and encouraging move. For others who may be on the fence about their stance, we hope this action causes them to research the death penalty in more depth.

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CCATDP at the Young Americans for Liberty Conference (YALCON)!

Last week, staff from Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty (CCATDP) sponsored the Young Americans for Liberty Conference in Reston, VA. While there, they met hundreds of high school students, college students, and young adults who are passionate about limited government, and many of whom agreed, it’s past time to end the death penalty.

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Florida Prosecutor Allows Input on Death Penalty

A Florida prosecutor, Ashley K. Albright, who is currently seeking the death penalty for a man named Michael Woodbury has asked for input from the local community on his sentence.

Woodbury, who is accused of killing a fellow inmate at the Okeechobee Correctional Institute, has pled guilty and claims he was acting in self-defense.

At Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, we know the death penalty wastes millions of dollars a year. Based on the 44 executions carried out by Florida since 1976, the cost per execution is about $24 million. That’s money that could be better allocated for programs that actually deter violence.

But not only does this system waste money for an outcome that will seldom be reached, it also runs the risk of a wrongful con

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