The United States is an international outlier when it comes to maintaining the death penalty; more than 70% of the world’s countries have abolished capital punishment in law or practice. (Source)
But despite its poor record, the U.S. has seen intensifying momentum toward national death penalty abolition in recent years. From state-based repeal efforts to waning public support and declining executions and death sentences, there great reason to hope for a death penalty-free future in the U.S.
In this handout from Catholic Mobilizing Network, you'll find:
Data to characterize the current state of the death penalty system in the U.S.
Evidence of the growing momentum toward abolition
References to Catholic Church teaching to support these trends