Based upon our Unitarian Universalist principles, we are called to work to make “Equal Justice for All” a reality in our country, our state, and our communities.
Death Penalty Reform
UU perspective on Capital Punishment – as early as 1974
BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1974 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association continues to oppose the death penalty in the United States and Canada, and urges all Unitarian Universalists and their local churches and fellowships to oppose any attempts to restore or continue it in any form.
Washington State Status –
Governor Jay Inslee has placed a moratorium on the death penalty in Washington State.
The Washington State Senate in 2018 session passed a bill that would stop death penalty. The house of representatives did not vote on a parallel bill. UU Voices testified to the Senate Law and Justice committee in favor of the abolition of the death penalty, as did Quakers, Catholics, Ecumenical organizations, and several directors of the Corrections.
What you can do
There are extensive studies exploring effectiveness and justice issues with the death penalty.
See the following explanations:
Encourage study groups at UU congregations to discern best practices in criminal justice,
Encourage our Senators and Representatives to sponsor a bill that will correct this racist, poverty driven practice in Washington.
Create dialog with county prosecutors to support reform and elimination of death penalty,
Host discussions and forums that raise awareness of the dynamics of the death penalty and patterns of imposition in Washington state.
Request our ministers to address how UU values fit with the continuing practice of capital punishment.
Coordinate with other faith community members to raise this issue via panels, forums, and demonstrations of conscience.
Support legal efforts to abolish the death penalty in the courts.