Why we oppose capital punishment

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.


Showing 5 reactions

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
  • commented 2018-03-03 01:54:14 -0800
    Capital punishment is an old fashioned way of thinking. We need to do more to prevent these crimes. The US has a extremly high murder rate for a developed country and that does boil down to the gun laws (which are also archaic). In Europe, guns are not readily accessable and you can feel safe pretty much anywhere. It is always suprising for people from the states who come to Europe saying they are suprised how safe it is…guns and lose gun control is the problem. You fix that, you fix the archaic system of capital punishment!

    Lewis at http://www.nottinghamdrivewayspro.co.uk/
  • commented 2017-12-30 15:06:41 -0800
    There are a few reasons listed that I have a hard time agreeing with. Although I do think beliefs and religion can play a role, the cost to keep someone in prison for life is much higher than executing them. Also, how would it be possible to execute the wrong person, and has this happened before? If a state can’t get that information correct then that’s a problem all by itself. Lastly, racial bias shouldn’t be an issue here. Regardless of color, the same laws apply to us all. I hate to think of anybody losing their life, but I believe there are certain instances in the prison system when it is necessary.
    Kristen owner of http://www.raleighclean.com
  • commented 2017-12-18 14:57:40 -0800
    I am torn on this subject. While I do believe that someone who commits a horrific crime should be punished to the fullest extent, is it our place as a society to judge how they should be punished? Keeping them in prison for the rest of their lives is very expensive, although it does prevent them from committing the same act again. Hopefully no one I know will ever be affected by this issue.
    Mark, http://www.advancedelectricalcompany.com
  • commented 2017-11-11 20:13:54 -0800
    I struggle with this a great deal. I am admittedly pro-life because I am very against abortion, but I struggle with the death penalty. I don’t agree with some of your reasons why you are against. “Cost too much” should never be a justification for determining punishment. Also, I believe it costs a significant amount more to keep someone in prison for life. If anything I think the cost would be an advantage because it would save money. I honestly believe the only valid reason is moral and/or religious beliefs, but that’s just my opinion.

    @ http://www.rentapartybusfortlauderdale.com
  • commented 2016-09-05 02:59:03 -0700
    I completely disagree with those who consider death penalty to be violation of ethical, moral, religious beliefs. Isn’t it a violation when a person murders another person? Isn’t it a violation when human disables animals? This is a pure violation and those who murder should be murdered in same way. Robert, from http://essaydune.com/write-my-thesis/ company.