To read more about Sister Prejean's book
and never ending work to save everyone from the death penalty
"Dead Man Walking"
P.O. Box 13727, New Orleans, LA 70185-3727
Phone (504) 864-1071
E-mail: info@MoratoriumCampaign.org * www.MoratoriumCampaign.org
Join Me in the Call for a
Halt to the Death Penalty!
Now, more than ever,
we need you to help spread the word.
by Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ
CAN WE AFFORD THE RISKS?
When the system is riddled with problems, sending an innocent person to death row is not only a possibility, it is a reality . . . 100 innocent people have been released from the nation’s death row in the past 3 decades, 7 are from Georgia!
It's been 10 years since I wrote the book Dead Man Walking, and I'm blessed to dedicate so much time to ending the death penalty.
Will you join me in this struggle?
You can share in my work by participating in The Moratorium Campaign, calling for a moratorium on executions in the United States. "Moratorium" means a halt, like a cease-fire in a war.
During a moratorium, we could educate people about the realities of capital punishment – and prove we can live without it.
People are waking up to the truth about state killings. The system doesn’t work. It is often carried out in a racist manner, without regard to due process.
We sentence innocent people to death.
We execute those who are mentally ill or who committed crimes as children.
Politicians promise that an execution will bring healing, but victims' families are abused and ignored by the system as well.
Let us admit that the death penalty has failed us, and call for an immediate moratorium.
The first thing I ask you to do is go to The Moratorium Campaign
and sign their petition and let others know about their web site.
Your signatures will be used by organizers in your state to work for a moratorium on a local level. National groups will use your signature to push for a nationwide moratorium. And you will join hundreds of thousands of other Americans who are convinced that there is a better, more effective way to achieve justice in this country.
We have hard work ahead of us, but we have such hope.
I look forward to your enthusiastic support and participation.
Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ
Death Penalty Facts
(Statistics are from the Death Penalty Information Center)
The United States is the only western democracy that continues to use the death penalty.
The U.S. stands with countries like China, Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan in its continued use of the death penalty. We are third only to China and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in total number of executions since 1998.
Innocent people are executed.
At least 23 innocent people have been executed in this century, and over 98 defendants have been exonerated from death row in just the last two decades.
The death penalty costs more than life in prison.
Various state governments estimate that a single death penalty case from arrest to execution ranges from $1 million up to $7 million. Cases resulting in life imprisonment average around $500,000 each, including incarceration cost.
The death penalty is racially inequitable.
Over 80 percent of persons executed were convicted of killing whites, although people of color make up more than half of all homicide victims in the U.S. And on death row, 43 percent of the inmates are black, although only 12 percent of the U.S. population is black.
The United States leads the world in killing kids.
The U.S. is one of only six countries since 1990 that have executed people for crimes they committed before the age of 18. We have executed more juvenile offenders than any other country.
The death penalty does not deter crime.
States that do not have the death penalty have an average murder rate that is actually lower than states that have the death penalty.