The death penalty in America is a broken process from start to finish. Death sentences are predicted not by the heinousness of the crime but by the poor quality of the defense lawyers, the race of the accused or the victim, and the county and state in which the crime occurred. Time and time again, we have proven that the criminal justice system fails to protect the innocent and persons with serious mental disabilities and illnesses from execution. Even the administration of executions is utterly flawed: Every method of execution comes with an intolerably high risk of extreme pain and torture. The ACLU works toward the repeal of the death penalty in the United States, and we are making progress: public support for the death penalty is falling, and the numbers of new death sentences and executions are both decreasing. The time has come for America to end this failed experiment. 

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