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Illinois is in good company. Across the country, popular support of the death penalty is falling, the number of executions have declined and the number of death sentences have decreased to less than 100 in 2011. Questions regarding the death penalty's arbitrariness and inconsistencies, coupled with growing concerns of bloated capital punishment costs, have ignited a decline in popular support for a system that is not working. The movement to end the death penalty is gaining traction. Read the full report from The Death Penalty Information Center here: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/documents/2011__Year__End.pdf
Welcome to the 16th state without the death penalty!
On July 1st, 2011, SB3539, the bill which repealed the broken death penalty system in Illinois became law. Illinois has officially joined the ranks of New Jersey, New York and New Mexico by rejecting this costly capital punishment system which risks executing the innocent and harms murder victims' families. We truly have something special to celebrate this holiday weekend!
However, amidst the celebration we must not lose sight of the fact that the threat of reinstatement is a real one. In the regular session this past spring, our opposition introduced five bills to bring back Illinois’ death penalty. Three of those five passed through committee. Through strategic lobbying and organizing efforts, ICADP was able to stop these bills from being called, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see new reinstatement bills as soon as next session. Our work is not done yet.
Luckily, we have a plan.
Repeal in Illinois is noted as one of the key indicators in the changing tide toward abolition in the United States in this insightful victims-focused piece from The Guardian. The voices of murder victims' family members standing up for abolition are moving to the forefront of the debate, and ICADP couldn't be happier.
Though 2011 has already given us much to celebrate, we're not out of the woods yet. Come see how ICADP plans to keep Illinois death penalty-free!
SAVE THE DATE:
JULY 21st, 2011
6:00pm to 8:00pm
See our Event Page for more information: http://icadp.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1045
The fight is not over. Even as we celebrate repeal HB 1738, a bill to reinstate the death penalty may come up for a vote in the House. The bill would restore the broken death penalty system that the Illinois General Assembly abolished only a few months ago.
Your action is required. Please give your representatives a call as soon as possible asking them to vote 'No' on HB 1738. You can reach them by calling the capitol switchboard number at (217) 782-2000 and asking for your legislator by name.