Target: Governor of Washington Jay Inslee
Goal: Ban executions and thank those who have worked to end this cruel practice
About a third of the states in the United States of America have voted to abolish the death penalty. Washington State is now one step closer to joining these other states, thanks to a moratorium Washington State Governor Jay Islee issued. A moratorium is a temporary measure, but Governor Jay Inslee has promised that he will not allow anyone else to be executed while he is in office. Governor Jay Inslee’s temporary measure will, hopefully, be the incentive voters and politicians need to help push Washington State to joining the other states that have already abolished this barbaric and imperfect process.
The reason Governor Jay Inslee gave for stopping the practice was simple. He does not think that executing someone is an appropriate punishment. Furthermore, it is an action that can never be undone, which is a tricky punishment to justify in a system as flawed as our current justice system.
In addition to being barbaric and inhumane, the death penalty has a long history of being implemented arbitrarily. Governor Jay Inslee’s decision means that the nine individuals currently on death row in Washington State will not be executed, at least as long as he is in office.
It can be hard to take a public stand on an issue like this while in office, so it is necessary to thank Governor Jay Inslee for his commitment to justice for all. Thank him for stopping executions in Washington State, as this stance will make a great change not only in Washington, but across the country.
Dear Governor Jay Inslee,
Recently you issued a moratorium on executions in Washington State. You promised that the nine men currently on the death row will not be executed, at least while you are in office. Thank you for truly following through on your commitment to equal justice for everyone in Washington State. It can be hard to take an opinion that is contrary to some of the families of the death row inmates’ victims, and as such it is admirable that you took a stand against the death penalty. After all, the punishment is inhumane, expensive, and unfair.
Furthermore, the death penalty is not always consistently implemented. Sometimes people who could be given the death penalty are given life in jail instead, while others are given the death penalty. The arbitrary nature of the death penalty makes it difficult to be sure that everyone is treated equally, including people who break the law.
Even though the moratorium is only a temporary measure, hopefully it will lead to a more permanent solution from the legislature. It is high time that Washington State joined the other states that have already abolished the death penalty.
Thank you for your commitment to the public you serve. Thank you for issuing a moratorium on executions in Washington State.
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