Opposing Executions

As a faith-driven advocate, you have the power to stop state-sanctioned killing.

Advocates for Mercy

In the United States, where dozens of execution dates are scheduled each year, it’s crucial for Catholics to stand together as advocates against these threats to human life. Representing 22% of the U.S. population, Catholics hold significant moral influence capable of rousing public opposition to upcoming executions and even swaying legal outcomes in capital cases.

Simply put, Catholic pro-life witness has the potential to halt executions and save lives. That’s why we’re harnessing the power of Catholic advocacy to speak out against every impending execution in the United States.

You Can Be An Advocate

Every month, we’ll send you timely advocacy actions, keeping you informed about upcoming cases that need your urgent attention. Subscribers are invited to write letters directly to those in positions of power who are capable of halting upcoming executions.

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Don’t Wait: Help Stop an Execution Now

There are people scheduled for execution who need your advocacy. Take action now to stop these acts of state-sanctioned violence.

What is clemency?

When someone is granted clemency, their sentence is either reduced or they are granted a total pardon.

For many people on death row, the request for clemency is to reduce their sentence from the death penalty to life in prison without the chance of parole. Applying for clemency is often one of the last efforts someone facing execution can make to spare their life, even after all appeals have been exhausted.

How is clemency granted?

The procedures for granting clemency vary by state. Generally, an application for clemency will first go to a board of pardons and paroles. The board’s decision will then be referred to a governor.

Clemency is not frequently granted in capital cases. On the occasions that it is, it is typically because of mental illness, poor legal representation, or possibility of wrongful conviction.

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