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Equal Justice Initiative death penalty

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) takes a strong stance against the death penalty. It advocates for its abolition in the United States. Here’s an overview of their position:

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Arguments against the death penalty:

  • Risk of error: EJI talks about the risk of executing innocent people. They cite so many cases where individuals on death row were later exonerated due to new evidence or errors in the legal process. It is also a fact that so many innocent people have been put to death in the past.
  •  Racial bias: EJI points to data showing racial discrimination in death penalty sentencing, with Black defendants disproportionately facing capital punishment compared to white defendants for similar crimes. All over the world, the black race has faced a great deal of discrimination as far as these kinds of punishments are concerned.
  • Unethical and ineffective: EJI argues that the death penalty is a cruel and unusual punishment that does not deter crime. They advocate for restorative justice practices that focus on rehabilitation and healing for all involved.

EJI’s Initiatives:

Capital representation: EJI offers legal aid to individuals facing the death penalty, challenging their convictions and sentences.

Research and education: EJI conducts research on the effects of the death penalty, including racial bias and exonerations. The organization also educate the public about the issues surrounding capital punishment. This is done via publications, documentaries, and educational initiatives.

Legislative advocacy: EJI collaborates with policymakers and fights to abolish the death penalty at the state and federal levels. It is worth noting that the death penalty is a complex and controversial issue. It has garnered strong arguments on both sides.

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