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Why We Oppose It

Some reasons many MVFR members oppose the death penalty

  • Violates ethical, moral, and/or religious beliefs.
  • Complicates grieving and interferes with healing.
  • Costs too much.
  • Fails as a deterrent to violence.
  • Risks executing an innocent person “in our names.”
  • Tainted by racial bias in its application.
  • Applied with geographical arbitrariness.
  • Applied disproportionately to people who are economically disadvantaged.
  • Applied to people with severe mental illness