Abolish the death penalty
We are writing to witness our opposition to the Death Penalty and, in particular, our revulsion at the recent execution of Troy Davis by Georgia officials who refused to grant a re-trial when new circumstances came to light that made his guilt extremely doubtful. Quaker Testimonies on peace and justice strongly oppose the death penalty and all other cruel, degrading and irrevocable acts of vengeance by the State.
Criminologists and others who have seriously studied crime and criminal justice systems agree that among the primary purposes of a criminal justice system are: (i) the restoration of victims, (ii) the rehabilitation of wrong-doers, and, (iii) the deterrence of future crimes. It has been conclusively found that the death penalty contributes to none of these purposes.