Death Penalty Facts

What is the cost of the death penalty in Oregon?

What is the cost of the death penalty in Oregon?

Over the last decade, Oregonians have spent over $93 million on defense costs in death penalty cases.1 If you factor in police, prosecutors, court and prison costs, it is
reasonable to conclude that Oregonians have spent around $200 million on death penalty cases over the last ten years. During that time, not a single person has been executed.

Is a Death Penalty Needed to Assure Public Safety?

Death Penalty Facts - Public Safety

Supporters of the death penalty say, “once executed, a violent criminal will never harm anyone again”. While this is true, there is no evidence that a death penalty is superior to the alternative of life without the possibility of parole.

Religion and the Bible

OADP Death Penalty Facts - Religion and the Bible

Some individuals who support the death penalty say: The Bible points out that the death penalty is justified....... “an eye for an eye” is often cited as justification for having the death penalty. Since someone took a life, the only fair repayment would be the perpetrator’s life in return.

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty’s response:

We the People are the State

We the People Are the State of Oregon

Some people feel that the State has a responsibility to protect its citizens and executions are the surest way to provide protection against murderers.

In the abstract, people may feel that it is the responsibility of the State and the State should carry out the execution. But, we are the State. The people are the State. When there is an execution, everyone is responsible, yet a few citizens are asked to carry out the task of killing another human being.

Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Alternatives to the Death Penalty in Oregon

The Penal Alternatives

The Facts: 13 Reasons to Oppose the Death Penalty

13 Reasons to Oppose the Death Penalty in Oregon

There is a better alternative: life without parole.
In Oregon, we have the option of sentencing convicted murderers to life in prison without the possibility of parole. There are currently over 121 people in Oregon who have received this sentence.



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