WSCC Legislative Priorities for
2013
“The direct and intentional
destruction of… human life…
always wrong -- not just one
...
U.S. Bishops Pastoral, The Challenge
of Peace

“The possibility of taking even
one human life is a prospect we
should cons...
FACTS
•There is no credible evidence that capital punishment deters
crime.
• Innocent people have been convicted and execu...
THERE IS NO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE THAT
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT DETERS CRIME
Opinions of Expert Criminologists (Radelet & Lacock)

D...
INNOCENT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
CONVICTED AND EXECUTED
Since 1976, over 141 people have been
released from death row with eviden...
RACE PLAYS A ROLE IN DETERMINING
WHO LIVES OR DIES
Race of Defendants Executed

Race of Victims in Death Penalty
Cases

Wh...
EXECUTIONS ARE CARRIED OUT AT
STAGGERING COST TO TAXPAYERS
• Texas - $2.3 million = 75% more than the
cost of life impriso...
LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE IS A
SENSIBLE, SAFE ALTERNATIVE TO THE
DEATH PENALTY
•Life without parole –harsh sentence –
no opportu...
BAD LAWYERS ARE A PERSISTENT
PROBLEM IN CAPITAL CASES
CAUSES OF WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS
INCLUDE:
1. Incompetent defense lawye...
THE USA IS KEEPING COMPANY WITH
NOTORIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT GOES AGAINST
ALMOST EVERY RELIGION
Judaism, Christianity, Islam all support and promulgate the
ten comm...
MILLIONS CURRENTLY SPENT ON
DEATH PENALTY COULD BE USED TO
ASSIST FAMILIES OF VICTIMS
Death penalty requires extensive due...
DEATH PENALTY IS APPLIED AT
RANDOM
1. Gary Ridgeway, convicted of murdering 48
women – life without parole
2. Ben Ng and K...
Pope John Paul II in Evangelium
Vitas, 2, states …
1. “Sign of hope --increasing recognition -dignity of human life must n...
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Against the death penalty

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An explanation of why the Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province opposes the death penalty.

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  • Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont do not have a death penalty statute.
  • 24 have been exonerated in Florida—1 in Washington. Over 60% of death penalty sentences in Washington are overturned on appeal, local counties often have to pay for multiple trials and appeals for a single capital case.
  • Juries imposed the death sentence in cross-racial cases almost twice as often as in intra-racial cases. (50% vs 28%)
  • With each death penalty execution, there is//a family who suffers the loss of a loved one—suffer from stifgmatization and social isolation –and not eligible for victims’ services. Prison officials severely traumatized from their part in executions…..
  • Against the death penalty

    1. 1. WSCC Legislative Priorities for 2013 “The direct and intentional destruction of… human life… always wrong -- not just one issue among many--must always be opposed” Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 2011
    2. 2. U.S. Bishops Pastoral, The Challenge of Peace “The possibility of taking even one human life is a prospect we should consider in fear and trembling.”
    3. 3. FACTS •There is no credible evidence that capital punishment deters crime. • Innocent people have been convicted and executed • Race plays a role in determining who lives and who dies. •Executions are carried out at staggering cost to taxpayers. •Life Without Parole is a Sensible, Safe Alternative to the Death Penalty. •Bad Lawyers are a Persistent Problem in Capital Cases. •The USA is keeping company with notorious human rights abusers. •Capital punishment goes against almost every religion •Millions currently spent on death penalty could be used to assist the families of murder victims. •The death penalty is applied at random.
    4. 4. THERE IS NO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE THAT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT DETERS CRIME Opinions of Expert Criminologists (Radelet & Lacock) Do not deter No opinion Do Deter • Highest murder rates are in the South – and highest execution rates (Texas – 503 since 1976, Virginia – 110) • Lowest murder rates are in New England – lowest execution rate-4
    5. 5. INNOCENT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CONVICTED AND EXECUTED Since 1976, over 141 people have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence -House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil & Constitutional Rights In Washington State in 2010 three individuals have been exonerated through DNA evidence
    6. 6. RACE PLAYS A ROLE IN DETERMINING WHO LIVES OR DIES Race of Defendants Executed Race of Victims in Death Penalty Cases White White Black Black Hispanic Hispanic Other Other
    7. 7. EXECUTIONS ARE CARRIED OUT AT STAGGERING COST TO TAXPAYERS • Texas - $2.3 million = 75% more than the cost of life imprisonment without parole • Kansas – 70% more costly than non-capital cases. • North Carolina - $2.16 million per execution over sentencing to life • Florida - $51 million more than cost of sentencing all first-degree murderers to life • Washington - $800,000 more than life
    8. 8. LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE IS A SENSIBLE, SAFE ALTERNATIVE TO THE DEATH PENALTY •Life without parole –harsh sentence – no opportunity for release •Allows for correction of mistakes •Much lower cost
    9. 9. BAD LAWYERS ARE A PERSISTENT PROBLEM IN CAPITAL CASES CAUSES OF WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS INCLUDE: 1. Incompetent defense lawyers’ (court appointed, sometimes previously disciplined) 2. Faulty eyewitness testimony 3. Over-zealous police or prosecutors 4. False confessions extracted after turturous hours of interrogation 5. False information provided by jailhouse snitches 6. Junk science
    10. 10. THE USA IS KEEPING COMPANY WITH NOTORIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS
    11. 11. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT GOES AGAINST ALMOST EVERY RELIGION Judaism, Christianity, Islam all support and promulgate the ten commandments – THOU SHALT NOT KILL Eastern philosophies – All animal life is sacred Buddhism – all life is sacred – no one god, but intense selfdiscipline Hinduism - many gods – reincarnation Jainists carry brushes to push aside insects lest they tread on them.
    12. 12. MILLIONS CURRENTLY SPENT ON DEATH PENALTY COULD BE USED TO ASSIST FAMILIES OF VICTIMS Death penalty requires extensive due process to reduce the chance of executing an innocent person— prolongs pain of victims’ families— cost of the process could be used to support those families.
    13. 13. DEATH PENALTY IS APPLIED AT RANDOM 1. Gary Ridgeway, convicted of murdering 48 women – life without parole 2. Ben Ng and Kwan Fai Mak – 13 murders in the Wah Mee Massacre 3. Justice Charles Johnson – “…like lightening, randomly striking some defendants and not others.
    14. 14. Pope John Paul II in Evangelium Vitas, 2, states … 1. “Sign of hope --increasing recognition -dignity of human life must never be taken away 2. “Even in case of great evil 3. “Modern society has means of protecting itself 4. “Denying criminals a chance to reform 5. “End the death penalty-- both cruel and unnecessary.”

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