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Petitioning State Senator Vivian Figures and 9 others

Senate Judiciary Committee: Vote favorably - Death Penalty repeal, moratorium and reform

There is significant reason for concern about the use of the death penalty in Alabama.

There are many aspects of Alabama’s capital punishment system one should find troubling, including the high rate of executions, nation-leading (per capita) number of new death sentences, lack of adequate counsel, judicial override, lack of intellectual capacity standards, racial disparity and exorbitant cost.

In addition to these issues within the system, an issue of particularly concern should be the possibility of the execution of an innocent person. It is not possible to be accurate 100% of the time, and the finality of the death penalty is an unconscionable and unnecessary risk.

For these reasons, and others, Senate Bills (SB) 30-34 proposed by Senator Hank Sanders, are imperative steps to, at the very least, reform egregious deficiencies within the system. We particularly support SB30, repeal of the death penalty, and SB33, to impose a 3 year moratorium on the use of the death penalty.

Letter to
State Senator Vivian Figures
State Senator Tom Whatley
State Senator Jerry Fielding
and 7 others
State Senator Phillip Williams
State Senator Cam Ward
State Senator Marc Keahey
State Senator Linda Coleman
State Senator Rodger Smitherman
State Senator Arthur Orr
State Senator Bryan Taylor
Dear Chairman, Senator Cam Ward and Distinguished Senators, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee,

I respectfully request that you vote favorably to support SB30-34, to allow the full Alabama Senate the opportunity to discuss and address the issues of repeal, moratorium and reform, as it relates to Alabama's death penalty.

I thank you for your service to our state, and appreciate your support of this important issue.