While serving as a Prosecutor I allowed myself to believe, based on certain studies, that the death penalty was a meaningful deterrent to crime… I could not have been more wrong…In an effort to exact the ultimate punishment of society's most heinous criminals we have created a labyrinth of laws, procedures and endless appeals which, of necessity, drain precious resources from the legitimate goals of our law enforcers.
Equal Justice USA has been our close partner in New Jersey long before anyone believed that abolition here was possible. I can’t overstate EJUSA’s contribution to this victory. Their talented team worked by our side at every turn, helping mobilize our members, organizing community groups and spokespeople, writing materials, facilitating meetings, training our activists, and developing the ins and outs of our campaign strategy.
NJADP is proud to call EJUSA our partner, and I know that with EJUSA’s deep knowledge of our successful campaign, they will be able to take the lessons that we learned and translate them to many other states in the years to come.