“As current and former public safety officials – including law enforcement, prosecutors, and corrections officials – we are increasingly concerned about the fairness and efficacy of the death penalty in our country. We agree that our death penalty system is ineffective, expensive, and makes mistakes. We have come together to elevate the voices of public safety officials in the discussion about this punishment.
Some of us may support the death penalty, some of us may oppose it. But we all believe that it directs needed resources away from policing and community safety, that it is used disparately and often on vulnerable populations, and that it can make mistakes that are irrevocable. And while we have varying views on the death penalty, each of us is ready to explore alternative ways to achieve a more just and effective public safety system.”
– Statement of PSODP members
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