To: Governor Ron DeSantis
We, the undersigned, are calling on Florida to end the use of the death penalty in the Sunshine State.
Florida has executed almost 100 people since the US Supreme Court approved new death penalty laws in 1976. In the past 40 years, evidence of the death penalty’s arbitrary, discriminatory and error-prone application has continued to grow.
Florida promotes itself as linked to the Americas region and the rest of the world, but is far out of step on this fundamental issue. Florida can learn from those to whom it promotes its beaches and business, including Canada, which abolished the death penalty for murder in 1976 and eradicated it entirely in 1998.
The death penalty is incompatible with human rights principles and should be consigned to history.
We call on all elected officials in Florida to work together to end the use of the death penalty in Florida.