CMN’s Mercy in Action Project gives YOU the tools you need to promote clemency for those on death row. Subscribers receive monthly alerts about upcoming executions which include resources for prayer and advocacy.
In 2018, CMN supporters sent more than 27,500 actions that called on governors to halt scheduled executions. The letters resulted in 17 stays of executions, 3 sentences commutations, and 3 governor reprieves.
YOU can take part in this lifesaving ministry. Sign up today to start saving lives on death row:
Frequently Asked Questions:
In the Catholic tradition, both personal and communal liturgical prayer are sources of spiritual strength for living out the pro-life commitment to which the Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us. [Click here to download a prayer vigil on the day of an execution.] Our prayer is often a source of strength for others as well, particularly as we pray for those to be executed, their families, the victims and the victim’s families.
What is clemency?
Before an execution can be carried out, the defendant is offered a final chance to appeal for a reduction, halt, or elimination of sentence from either the Governor or the state's Board of Pardons and Paroles. The Governor and Board hear arguments from the defendant’s lawyers and family members, the prosecution, the victim’s family, other concerned parties, and the public.
How is clemency granted?
Clemency processes are handled differently according to state procedures. In some states, the Board of Pardons and Paroles, a group of appointed private citizens, has sole authority to grant clemency. In others, the Governor must receive a recommendation from the Board before he or she can grant clemency in a particular case. Still in other states, the Governor may grant clemency as he or she sees fit.
How to get involved:
Complete the sign-up form above to join CMN's Mercy in Action Project and start receiving execution alerts! Your monthly update includes:
- A list of upcoming executions
- Contact information for state governors and parole boards
- An easy, one-click clemency letter for you to customize and send
- Resources for prayer
The Mercy in Action Project is being partially supported by a grant from The Consistent Life Network, an international pro-life, pro-peace coalition.