Capital Punishment is the ultimate denial of civil liberties, and violates the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment.
There is a growing public concern that the nation's death penalty system lacks fairness and reliability, a concern fueled by the increasing number of exonerations of those who were on death row. Many of these exonerations were made possible by the relatively recent advances in DNA and other scientific testing.
Recognizing that capital punishment is not only costly but also has failed to deter crime, and other inherent problems with the system, more than a dozen states have abolished the death penalty over the last several years. Increasingly, families of murder victims, the faith community, law enforcement officials, attorneys, and sensible individuals of all political stripes are coming together to oppose this system. Find out more about the national ACLU’s work to abolish the death penalty >>
Utahns for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (UTADP), of which the ACLU of Utah is a founding member, is a statewide coalition of secular and religious organizations, as well as concerned individuals dedicated to stopping executions in our state. Read more >>