“Capital punishment, like the rest of the criminal justice system, is a government program, so skepticism is in order.” –George Will

“It is tempting to pretend that minorities on death row share a fate in no way connected to our own, that our treatment of them sounds no echoes beyond the chambers in which they die. Such an illusion is ultimately corrosive, for the reverberations of injustice are not so easily confined.” –Justice William Brennan

“Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.” –John Donne

“When in Gregg v. Georgia the Supreme Court gave its seal of approval to capital punishment, this endorsement was premised on the promise that capital punishment would be administered with fairness and justice. Instead, the promise has become a cruel and empty mockery. If not remedied, the scandalous state of our present system of capital punishment will cast a pall of shame over our society for years to come. We cannot let it continue.” –Justice Thurgood Marshall

“We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.” –Martin Luther King, Jr

“When people of color are killed in the inner city, when homeless people are killed, when the “nobodies” are killed, district attorneys do not seek to avenge their deaths. Black, Hispanic, or poor families who have a loved one murdered not only don’t expect the district attorney’s office to pursue the death penalty–which, of course, is both costly and time consuming–but are surprised when the case is prosecuted at all.” –Sister Helen Prejean

“By reserving the penalty of death for black defendants, or for the poor, or for those convicted of killing white persons, we perpetrate the ugly legacy of slavery–teaching our children that some lives are inherently less precious than others.” –Rev. Joseph E. Lowery

“As one whose husband and mother-in-law have died the victims of murder assassination, I stand firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for those convicted of capital offenses. An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed of retaliation. Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is never upheld by a legalized murder.” –Coretta Scott King

“Evidence of innocence is irrelevant!” –Mary Sue Terry