SHOULD A MAN BE CONDEMNED TO DEATH WHEN THE STATE DESTROYED THE EVIDENCE THAT COULD HAVE FREED HIM
The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of Virginia death row inmate Robin Lovitt, exhausting Lovitt
Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (VADP) is a statewide citizens\' organization dedicated to educating the public about alternatives to the death penalty. In addition, we seek to provide outreach to murder victims\' families.
The basis for our beliefs and actions includes the following:
--The death penalty panders to fear and attempts to provide a simple solution to complex questions.
--The death penalty is ineffective. Numerous studies have shown that it does not deter crime.
--The death penalty, as applied today, discriminates against the poor, people of color and the mentally impaired.
--All of humanity\'s major wisdom tradtions call on us to love one another and value human life. The state should not completely devalue human life and execute anyone by repeating a violent act.
--The death penalty saps our economic resources. Since it costs more to kill a prisoner than to rehabilitate or house one for life, executions waste tax dollars that can be spent much more effectively.
--Research shows that despite all legal safeguards, innnocent people have been wrongly convicted of murder and have been killed by the state. Common sense tells us that because humans err, the justice system cannot be made foolproof. Some innocent people will die as long as we have a death penalty. These mistakes can never be corrected.