Capital punishment is a violation of the constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment, and the guarantees of due process under the law. Beyond moral objections, the data does not support state-sanctioned killing and innocent people are too often sentenced to death. Since 1973, over 156 people have been released from death row after being found innocent, and nationally, at least one person is exonerated for every 10 that are executed.
In Congress, I will advocate for abolishing the death penalty, and will always stand for humane treatment of all people - including those currently incarcerated. That includes ending life sentences without the possibility of parole, ending mandatory minimum sentences, decriminalizing activities that are byproducts of poverty and homelessness (such as sex work and drug use), and ending solitary confinement.
I support Rep. Pressley’s H.Res. 702, “The People’s Justice Guarantee", which works to accomplish these goals.