Prayer Vigil for the Abolition of the Death Penalty

Join Parishioners to Pray Together
Tuesday November 30, 6 PM
St. Margaret Mary Courtyard

What Can I do?

  1. Pledge to Educate, Advocate and Pray for an End to the Death Penalty at https://catholicsmobilizing.org/action/pledge
  2. Contact your state representatives about protecting people with serious mental illness from the death penalty. Visit: https://www.fadp.org/take-action/
  3. Call upon President Biden  to declare a moratorium on executions at the federal level; commute the sentences of all those currently on the federal death row; and work with Congress and the states to end the death penalty by lawin law.  Visit: (https://catholicsmobilizing.org/biden-end-federal-dp)
  4. Participate in Faith & Action First Fridays with Catholic Mobilizing Network  https://catholicsmobilizing.org/first-fridays

Additional Resources:

Recent Abolition Progress

  • 2021 Abolished in Sierra Leone (110th Country to abolish the death penalty for all crimes)
  • 2021 Abolished in Virginia - 23rd State to abolish the death penalty (3 others have moratoriums - CA, OR, PA)
  • 110 Countries have abolished the death penalty; 55 retain its use.

Executions in the U.S.

  • 9 Executions in 2021 (3 Federal; 3 TX; 1 AL; 1 OK; 1 MO)
  • 1 Remaining Pending Warrant This Year: (Bigler Jobe Stouffer, OK, 12/9)
  • 20 Scheduled in 2022
  • 4 New Death Sentences Imposed in 2021: (FL, AL, CA, NE)
  • Trends in women’s sentencing are towards more severe sentencing 

Exonerations:

  • 9/16/21 NV exonerated Samuell Howard after 40+ years on death row
  • US total of wrongfully convicted people on death rows >185 (30 in Florida)