President Biden says he supports eliminating the federal death penalty but hasn't taken any action yet. So we’re asking you to join us in urging him to commute the sentences of the 46 men currently on federal death row and eliminate the possibility that we will witness again the killing spree that the Trump Administration committed in the last half of 2020.
The federal death penalty system is deeply flawed. It reflects the misguided “tough on crime” policies of the 1990s and early 2000s and shows the same racial bias that we see in state death penalty systems. Of the 46 men currently on federal death row, 39 percent are Black, compared with about 13 percent of the U.S. population. Seven of the 13 executions carried out last year were people of color. In addition, several of the men on death row, including those among the 13 who were executed in the last half of 2020, were not the accused killers, and their culpable or equally culpable co-defendants were not sentenced to death.
Urge President Biden to commute the sentences of the remaining men on federal death row, and take an important step toward abolishing the federal death penalty. Sign our petition below.
The petition is in collaboration with the Innocence Project, Equal Justice USA, 8th Amendment Project, Witness to Innocence, ACLU, and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
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