Death penalty: Recent PROGRESS toward abolishing it

2021 was the 21st consecutive year of Death Row population decline:


Virginia’s abolition of the death penalty seems so secure now that the abolitionist organization is shutting down. More than two years ago both bodies of Virginia’s legislature voted to abolish it, and the governor signed the abolition bill into law.  The November 2023 election continued a comfortable majority of abolitionists in both bodies.  The abolitionist organization feels so secure that the death penalty is gone that they are shutting down.


POLL: For the First Time, More Americans Believe the Death Penalty Is Applied Unfairly in the United States:


Another report on this Gallup poll:  Now only 47% of Americans say the death penalty is applied fairly in the U.S., while 50% say it is applied unfairly.  This changed 5% against the death penalty since this was measured most recently in 2018.     This news came from


World Psychiatric Association Releases Report Opposing the Death Penalty for People with Mental Illness or Development and Intellectual Disabilities:


These short videos feature various kinds of people saying why they oppose the death penalty:


Glen Anderson offers this strategically smart messaging to help us build a movement to abolish the death penalty – both through changing public opinion and then through passing legislation.  Below I am attaching something I wrote that uses 3 smart steps to help people recognize that the status quo is broken and to decide we can abolish the death penalty without sacrificing public safety:

Fact #1:  The death penalty does not deliver what it promises.

Fact #2:  The death penalty makes existing problems worse and it causes more problems.

Fact #3:  We can let go of the death penalty and still be safe.

I wrote this 3-step sequence into this article:  Death Penalty Fails its Promises and Causes More Problems Instead

I summarized it into this testimony to a state legislative committee: TESTIMONY 2019.02.05

I encourage people to use this 3-step process to help abolish the death penalty in other places.
























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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093