Statement from PJALS and Inland NW Death Penalty Abolition Group regarding Governor Inslee’s moratorium enacted in 2014:
Governor Inslee’s action in issuing a moratorium on the death penalty was a necessary step toward “equal justice under the law” which we agree should be the state’s primary responsibility. We thank the Governor for his leadership and courage with this action which has increased conversation on this important issue. We look forward to working with the Legislature to bring a bill to the Governor’s desk to fully repeal the death penalty in Washington State.
We believe the death penalty is an unjust, unfair, and irrational punishment that does not deter crime. The death penalty costs tax-payers more than life imprisonment with majority of these extra costs being incurred during the trial phase. Nationally, over 140 individuals have been found innocent and released from death row and one wrongfully convicted individual was released from Washington’s death row upon the State Supreme Courts review of his case. As an organization whose mission is to build a just and nonviolent world, PJALS opposes the death penalty.
We work toward the abolition of the death penalty in Washington State through education and outreach, legislative action, rapid response to litigation and imminent executions and collaboration with other organizations.
The Inland NW Death Penalty Abolition Group (INDPAG) meetings will resume in November on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Mezzanine conference room of the Community Building, 35 W. Main at 5:30 pm.
If would like to join our efforts to abolish the death penalty or get further information on current actions, please contact us at 509-838-7870 or join our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/234988883226937/.
INDPAG is working with the statewide campaign, Safe & Just Alternatives. Safe and Just Alternatives is a campaign that seeks to replace the death penalty with life without parole through legislation. SJA includes people of faith, law enforcement officials, family members of crime victims, and community leaders from across the state who believe that the death penalty is wasteful, unfair, and fails to protect public safety. For more information on SJA click here.