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Impending Execution In Utah Highlights Need To Abolish Death Penalty, Says ACLU
Execution By Firing Squad Inhumane, Brings Needed Attention To Death Penalty's Systemic Injustices
The state of Utah has executed just six people in the last 35 years, and currently there are only 10 people on the state's death row.
The following can be attributed to John Holdridge, Director of the ACLU Capital Punishment Project:
"Gardner's execution will be both savage and inhumane. However, we cannot allow it to shroud the systemic injustices and inequities that plague the entire death penalty system in Utah and the rest of the United States. Those who are executed in this country are casualties of an unequal system of justice, in which decisions about who lives and who dies are largely dependent upon the skill of their attorneys, the race of their victim, their socioeconomic status and where the crime took place. Such arbitrary and discriminatory administration of the death penalty is the very definition of a failed system."
The following can be attributed to Marina Lowe, Legislative and Policy Counsel for the ACLU of Utah:
"Utah's taxpayers are wasting millions of dollars every year to prop up a system in which a few randomly selected individuals receive the death penalty. Instead, we can condemn the worst offenders to permanent imprisonment, a severe, swift, certain and much more cost-effective punishment that serves our shared priorities of punishing offenders and protecting society."