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As your constituent, I urge you to support legislation to replace Washington’s death penalty with a life sentence with no possibility of release.
The death penalty has failed Washington as a public policy. It is very costly, fails to provide swift and certain justice or deter violent crime, and is not applied fairly. A 2015 study found the average death penalty case costs over $1 million more per case than in similar cases when the death penalty is not sought, and individual counties are currently spending millions of dollars on death penalty cases. Replacing the death penalty would allow Washington to redirect those resources to proven crime-reduction strategies and to the needs of victims’ families.