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
How it Causes Additional Harm
The death penalty distracts the public and the judicial system from the more important issues of what victims’ families and their communities need to heal and become safer.
The death penalty diverts resources, 100’s of millions of dollars, into the capital system – resources that could be spent to help families with expenses such as funeral costs, daily needs while grieving, resources to aid with healing, sending children of murder victims to college, and providing communities with resources to prevent violent crimes before they happen.
The death penalty often causes huge divisions within communities, within victims’ groups, and even within victims’ families at a time when families and communities need to support each other the most.
The death penalty delays justice and it delays the healing process. Capital cases often take 25 years or more to reach completion, all the while keeping victims’ families stuck in the system much longer than is the case with non-capital trials.
The death penalty causes damage to the families of the persons executed. Many of our members feel strongly about not causing further damage, pain, and suffering to these families and their communities.