ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY
The death penalty wastes money, is applied arbitrarily, fails to deter crime and is out of step with modern thinking. Studies continually show race plays a major role in the application of the death penalty. 134 of the 195 people Arkansas has executed since keeping records were black males. In addition, people convicted of killing white victims are much more likely to receive the death penalty than those convicted of killing black victims.
The death penalty also targets lower-income offenders. Almost all the people on death row were too poor to afford their own attorneys at trial. These low-income defendants were appointed lawyers, some of whom were overworked, underpaid or lacked the necessary experience to handle death penalty cases.
Arkansas has not yet studied the costs associated with the death penalty, but other states have found capital punishment to be a costly government program that diverts millions of dollars from programs and agencies that protect the public and save lives.