This Wednesday, January 30, the Judiciary Committee of the Arkansas Senate will hold a hearing to examine the pros and cons of the death penalty. The Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (ACADP) is helping coordinate speakers who will tell our legislators why capital punishment is bad public policy for the state.
This hearing is important for Arkansas and for the nation! Momentum for death penalty repeal is steadily growing. Last week, Governor Beebe announced he would sign a bill repealing the death penalty if one was presented to him by the General Assembly.
Let's raise our voices against the death penalty and also let legislators know how money saved from ending capital punishment can be spent to better serve victims’ families and all citizens –like funding violence prevention programs, victims' compensation funds, improving education and mental health services.
There are several ways you can help us make the most out of this opportunity:
- Attend the hearing next week. A committee room filled with persons opposed to the death penalty - including murder victim family members opposed to the death penalty - makes a striking statement to legislators. This Judiciary Committee hearing is set for 10:00 AM next Wednesday, January 30th in Room 171. If you plan on coming, let us know by sending us an email at info@ACADP.org.
- Contact your state legislators. Legislators care about what their constituents think. You don't have to be an expert. Just let them know that you support abolition by writing them an email or calling them on the phone and telling them it's time to get rid of the death penalty because it directs money away from health and human services. Don't know who your legislators are? Visit VoteSmart.org to find out who represents you in the General Assembly and how to contact them. Or email info@ACADP.org.
- Stay connected with ACADP. If you haven't done so already, you can stay in touch with ACADP by liking them on Facebook or following them on Twitter at @ArkansasAbolish. Encourage your friends and family to do the same!