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TAKE ACTION: Contact your senator to vote yes on SB189. Let’s end the death penalty in Utah now!

24 February 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist

DeathPenalty3If you oppose the use of capitol punishment in Utah, now is the time to take action!

SB189, "Death Penalty Amendments," introduced by Senator Steve Urquhart, a Republican from Saint George, will be heard on the floor of the Senate any day now.

This bill would prevent the application of the death penalty in all cases after May 10, 2016. Such a change to Utah law would ensure that we waste no more money trying expensive, drawn-out capital cases that provide little closure or justice.

Take a moment today to contact your state senator and ask them to vote yes on SB189. Let’s abolish the death penalty now!

The Legislative Fiscal Analyst Office reports that it costs the state of Utah about $1.6 million more per inmate, from trial to execution, than it costs for life without parole. We can put this funding toward better use in a variety of places throughout Utah's criminal justice system: reforming our state's indigent defense system, fully funding the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, improving County Jail conditions, and more!

Life in prison is a far better alternative to the death penalty. It is a severe sentence that both keeps us safe and protects against wrongful executions. It is a swift sentence which is often preferred by victims' families over the years of mandatory appeals associated with death sentences.

Capital punishment is an intolerable denial of civil liberties and is inconsistent with the fundamental values of our democratic system. The death penalty is expensive, ineffective and unconstitutional.

Contact your senator and ask them to vote es on SB189!