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"A sign of hope is the increasing recognition that the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil."

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2267

Statistics

Based on 2006 Poll

13%

Blacks are 13% of U.S. population yet 42% are death row inmates

90%

Over 90% on death row cannot afford their own attorney

56%

There were 43 U.S. executions in 2011 and a 56% decline since 1999

48%

Among Catholics, only 48% support the death penalty. Church goers and younger Catholics are less likely to support it. 

"Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey"

-Pope Francis

California Statistics

13

Number of Executions Since 1976

709

Number of Executions before 1976

741

Current Death Row Population

 (Texas: 254, Florida: 396)

16

Women on Death Row

As Catholics

We believe and put our hope in a merciful and loving God. We are conscience of our own brokenness and need for redemption. Our Lord calls us to imitate him more perfectly by witnessing to the inherent dignity of ever person.