Death Penalty Use Remains Near Record Lows, Emboldening Catholic Opponents

(Washington, DC) A new report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center confirms that death penalty use in the United States remains near historic lows, with fewer than 30 executions in 2019 and fewer than 50 new death sentences for the fifth consecutive year. At this point, half of all U.S. states, accounting for half of the U.S. population (50.4%), do not carry out executions.

Catholics Laud “Bold Step” on California Execution Moratorium

“Today’s declaration is a bold step toward abolishing a broken system that fails to protect the inviolable dignity of the human person,” said Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, Executive Director of Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN), the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. “It reaffirms that every life is sacred and has God-given value.”