Regardless of your position on capital punishment,
NOBODY wants the innocent executed. Studies have demonstrated
that one in seven people sent to death row are later proven innocent,
and more innocent people are being sent to death row every year.
Since capital punishment was reinstated in 1973, 86 death row
prisoners nationwide have been found to be innocent - at least
eight as a result of DNA evidence. These prisoners spent an average
of seven years on death row before proving their innocence. Meanwhile,
the time between the average capital conviction and execution
is eight years. Given drastic new restrictions on prisoner appeals
resulting from the Congress' 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective
Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) and similar state legislation, this
timeframe is only expected to shorten.
to go to the Constitution Project. Click HERE
to go to the ACLU page. Click HERE
to learn more about HR 3623 and SR 2073 to
HELP STOP WRONGFUL EXECUTIONS IN AMERICA!
SUPPORT HR 3623
by contacting the House Judiciary Committee
(202-225-3951; 225-7682 fax); locate and email
SUPPORT SR 2073 by contacting the
Senate Judiciary Committee
(202-224-5225; 224-9102 fax); locate and email
URGE President Clinton
to support a federal moratorium!
Smail: Office of the President/1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW/Washington,
Phone: 202-456-1414; FAX: 456-2461
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