Even in Texas, the death penalty's days are numbered
Friends and family,
TCADP is a statewide advocacy organization that is committed to abolishing the death penalty in Texas, and I am honored to serve on its Board of Directors. Even here in Texas, we are witnessing a shifting landscape in capital punishment, in terms of juries' increasing unwillingness to sentence defendants to death, the declining number of executions being carried out, and a decrease in public support of the death penalty. While these trends are hopeful, we must abolish the death penalty once and for all. Here are some of the top reasons to end capital punishment:
- 13 individuals in Texas (160 nationwide) have been released from death row due to wrongful convictions.
- The death penalty is disproportionately applied to defendants of color. Over the last 5 years, 70% of death sentences in Texas have been imposed on people of color.
- There is no evidence to suggest that capital punishment serves any deterrent value (i.e., deters other people from committing violent crimes).
- The cost of an average death penalty case is nearly three times higher than imprisoning someone in maximum security for life.
Please join me in hastening the end of the death penalty in Texas! Any donation is greatly appreciated. If you are able, consider making your donation between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm on March 2 so TCADP will be eligible for a $1,000 bonus donation!
Thank you for supporting my fundraising campaign, Kimberly Harrison
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