Comparing Party Platforms on Issues of the Day

DEATH PENALTY

Below is a side-by-side comparison of what each Party believes… IN THEIR OWN WORDS!
(Note: From 2016, the most recent party platforms.)

Democratic Party Platform

Reforming our Criminal Justice System (p. 13-15)

. . .We will abolish the death penalty, which has proven to be a cruel and unusual form of punishment. It has no place in the United States of America. The application of the death penalty is arbitrary and unjust. The cost to taxpayers far exceeds those of life imprisonment. It does not deter crime. And, exonerations show a dangerous lack of reliability for what is an irreversible punishment. . .

Republican Party Platform

Ensuring Safe Neighborhoods: Criminal Justice and Prison Reform (p. 39-40)

. . .The constitutionality of the death penalty is firmly settled by its explicit mention in the Fifth Amendment. With the murder rate soaring in our great cities, we condemn the Supreme Court’s erosion of the right of the people to enact capital punishment in their states. . .

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