Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty


Louisiana and Georgia Make Ten States With Republican Repeal Bills

Last week, Louisiana and Georgia both saw Republican-sponsored bills to repeal the death penalty introduced, making them the ninth and tenth states to see bills of this nature introduced in the 2019 session. This remarkable year is set to break records for the numbers of conservative lawmakers pushing repeal, and is surely evidence of a growing bipartisan wave against capital punishment.

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New Hampshire Passes Death Penalty Repeal Out of Senate Judiciary!

On Tuesday, April 2nd the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill to repeal the death penalty with a vote of 4-1! The bill will now move on to the full senate as soon as next week. Congratulations to our New Hampshire coalition and all of the amazing activists there!

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Upcoming Event!

Join the EJUSA Evangelical Network and Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty for this upcoming, groundbreaking event! We’ll be hosting a panel at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on Tuesday, April 2nd from 6:30-8:00 pm CT in the Nelson Price Auditorium.

We will be presenting a panel that will include two members of the Seminary’s staff, former death row inmate Billy Neal Moore, and the sister of Officer Bruce VanderJagt who was murdered in 1997, Gail Rice. The panel will be followed by a Q&A segment and will coincide with the official launch of our Louisiana Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty Chapter.

Please join us if you are in the area, or help us spread the word if you cannot attend! The event is free and open to the public. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discussing-the-death-penalty-tickets-59120013552

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WYOMING HOUSE VOTES 36-21 TO REPEAL THE DEATH PENALTY

Statement from Hannah Cox, National Manager

Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty

“With only nine Democrats in the Wyoming House of Representatives, this vote was driven by Republicans who value life, who want to be fiscally responsible, and who believe in limiting the scope of government. This active leadership of conservative state legislators wanting to end the death penalty reflects the trend we are seeing across the country. Wyoming is the latest signal that the death penalty is on its way out and that conservatives are leading the way.”

For more information contactJon Crane at 203-982-4575 or email joncrane@criticalpr.com.

About Us

Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty is a nationwide group of conservatives questioning whether capital punishment is consistent with conservative principles and values due to the system’s inefficiency, inequity, and inaccuracy. Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty is a project of Equal Justice USA, a

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A Dying Shame

In a recent article in the American Conservative, the former leader of CCATDP and now Director of State Government Affairs for the R Street Institute (RSI), Marc Hyden, partnered with RSI’s Arthur Rizer in a piece titled, “A Dying Shame: The State is Not God, and the Death Penalty is Not Infallible.”

The article examines the multiple issues within the death penalty system in the United States and lays out the reasons that conservatives should not only oppose capital punishment, but also champion its demise.

The R Street Institute is a growing powerhouse in Washington D.C., championing reforms in criminal justice reform, occupational licensing, and other regulatory policies. They’re voice on the problems with the death penalty is a welcomed addition that is sure to grab the attention of many.

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My Faith Led Me to Lose Faith in the Death Penalty

The Christmas season is a time of reflection for many Christians. As millions across the world mark the birth of Jesus’ death, it is also a time for those of faith to examine their beliefs and the reason for the season.

In her latest article for Newsmax, the leader of CCATDP examines how some of these questions and observations caused her to reevaluate her stance on the death penalty.

From the article:

“There were other inconsistencies as well. In James 2:10 the Bible says that all sins are equal. In Romans 3:23 the Bible says that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. And in Romans 6:23 the Bible says that the wages of sin is death. So if we have all sinned, all sin is equal in God’s eyes, and the wages of that sin is death, all of humanity would receive a death sentence were it not for Jesus’ sacrifice. I am no better than a murderer and neither is anyone else.”

“I am covered by grace, and since I am called to follow in Jesus’ footsteps, I too am to extend grace.

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The Death Penalty in 2018: Year End Report

The Death Penalty Information Center has released their annual report on the death penalty and for the fourth consecutive year the United States saw fewer than 30 executions and less than 50 new death sentences. This marks an ongoing, long-term decline in capital punishment in the country.

Not only did 2018 see a decrease in sentences and executions, it also saw repeal legislation passed through two Republican controlled chambers in New Hampshire (falling only two votes shy of veto override majority) and the death penalty struck down in the state of Washington after undeniable evidence of racial bias in the system reached the state supreme court.

In addition to this, seven counties with prosecutors who frequently used the death penalty saw these officials voted out in favor of reform-minded District Attorneys, and two GOP U.S. Senate candidates announced opposition to the death penalty during the primaries and won their parties nomination.

As a whole, 2018 has been a smashing success — one that saw only eight states carry out an execution at all (with Texas) accounting for more than half of the 25) and with strong support for repeal swelling i

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If There’s Nothing Wrong With the Death Penalty, Why All the Secrecy?

In a recent article at Newsmax, the leader of CCATDP questioned the secrecy surrounding the death penalty system in the United States and pointed to the questionable tactics some states are using to limit the information available to the public about their systems.

From the article:

“States are now blocking information about the drugs they are using in lethal injections, and not just from the public, but frequently from the very manufacturers producing the drugs who do not want their product used in this manner.”

“Since 2011, thirteen state legislatures have passed new laws that have enacted secrecy statutes to prevent the public from obtaining important information about executions. Eight additional states have invoked existing laws or prot

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The Death Penalty Makes America Less Safe

This month, our National Manager Hannah Cox wrote a piece for her Newsmax column that discusses the reasons the death penalty actually makes Americans less safe.

This article offers a rarely examined perspective that walks readers through the ways the death penalty not only fails to act as a deterrent, but actually straps police departments and other portions of the justice system and limits resources that could be used to solve crime and prevent future tragedies.

From the article:

It is in no way just to waste millions of dollars a year pursuing death for a few cases while most victims receive no justice whatsoever, nor is it just to waste millions of hard-working Americans’ tax dollars on a system that provides them nothing in return.

If the primary purpose of the system is to make society safer and actually advance justice, then the death penalty not only fails to contribute to that goal, it acts as a huge barrier.

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Washington State Supreme Court Overturns the Death Penalty

Last week, the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state’s death penalty statute and commuted the sentences of all 8 men who were on death row. The court ruled that the law was unconstitutional “because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.”

Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst, writing for the court’s majority, cited a recent crime analysis produced by University of Washington sociologists that found significant variations across counties in the application of the death penalty, and that also found black offenders were four times more likely to receive a death sentence in the state than their white peers. Due to these findings, the court held that the death penalty lacked fundamental fairness and thereby violated the state’s constitutional prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

With Thursday’s ruling, Washington becomes the 20th state to overturn or abolish death as a legal punishment. Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who previously supported the death penalty before issuing a moratorium on executions in the state in 2014, said he expects this ruling to end the debate over capital punishment in t

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