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It’s time to abolish the Death Penalty in Pennsylvania

The Justice and Advocacy Committee has adopted this statement on the Death Penalty, calling for abolition of capital punishment in Pennsylvania. Statements from our constituent denominations, such as those linked below, explain why capital punishment is morally indefensible as well as ineffective as a deterrent and inevitably more expensive to tax payers than a sentence of life in prison. Also, many innocent people have been convicted of murder — some of them later exonerated, and others executed.

Here are statements on Capital Punishment from some of the major church denominations. Also see these other resources (below).

American Baptist Churches, USA

Episcopal Church

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Reformed Church in America

Roman Catholic

Southern Baptist Convention

United Church of Christ

United Methodist Church


Other Resources


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