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Repeal, Now!

A Failed Policy In Our State and Nation
FAIR & EQUAL

Just one percent of murders in the United States have resulted in a death sentence over the last decade. But are those individuals truly the “worst of the worst” – or simply those with the worst lawyers, the wrong geographic location, or the wrong skin color?

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It’s Time!

for Colorado to repeal the death penalty—no more innocent lives at risk, no more botched executions, no more waste of precious human & financial resources! Sign up with CADP Foundation to receive our emails with news, urgent updates, and event invitations. It’s a great way to keep up to date on our latest efforts.

 
 

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Innocence

Since 1973, over 160 people have been freed after evidence revealed that they were sentenced to die for crimes they did not commit. With lives on the line, we cannot continue to implement a policy that we know to be so heavily flawed.

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Colorado's Death Penalty

A failed public policy that is beyond repair.

The death penalty risks the lives of the innocent, exacts a huge toll on the families of murder victims, traumatizes the guards and wardens forced to perform executions in our names, is unfairly applied, and costs millions in taxpayer dollars. A coalition of Colorado citizens made up of civic leaders, clergy, law enforcement and victims’ families are working together to advocate for repeal of the death penalty. Coloradans know that now is the time to end Colorado’s death penalty.

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CADP Foundation's Mission

The mission of Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CADP) is to make our justice system more fair and effective by providing the public and our elected leadership with accurate information and with diverse voices related to the death penalty so that they can make excellent decisions about ending this fatally flawed policy in our state.

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The Death Penalty in the United States

For three decades, we have tinkered with the death penalty in an effort to make it fair, accurate, and effective. Yet the system continues to fail.The risk of executing an innocent person is real. The DNA era has given us irrefutable proof that our criminal justice system sentences innocent people to die. Evidence we once thought reliable like eyewitness identification is not always accurate. DNA evidence has led to hundreds of exonerations, but it isn’t available in most cases. Despite our best intentions, human beings simply can’t be right 100% of the time. And when a life is on the line, one mistake is one too many.

Innocent Lives in the Balance 

The real risk of executing the innocent:

These are the faces of those proven innocent. Since 1973, over 160 people have been freed after evidence revealed that they were sentenced to die for crimes they did not commit. That’s more than one innocent person exonerated for every ten (1 in 10) who’ve been executed. Wrongful convictions like these mean victims’ families suffer while the real killers remain at large and tax dollars are wasted. These cases represent much that is failing in our justice system.

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Can we afford the risk?

exonerations

160
Wrongly Convicted
1 in 10
DNA available in only
15% of Cases

We’ve learned a lot about the death penalty in the last 30 years. We now know that innocent people are sentenced to die. When a life is on the line, one mistake is one too many.