The 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty is on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.  This day is a time to educate and raise awareness about various issues surrounding the death penalty.  Each year, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty focuses on a specific topic about which to raise awareness.  This year, they are seeking to raise awareness about those who live in poverty facing a greater risk of being sentenced to death.

 

In the United States, everyone who is on trial is entitled to legal counsel.  As television shows have repeatedly informed us, if one cannot afford legal counsel, it will be provided for free.  However, free legal aid is frequently inferior to private lawyers.  Additionally, public aid lawyers are, many times, underpaid, understaffed, and overworked.  To complicate things further, death penalty trials are different from all other trials and require addition time for preparation.  Often, lawyers who represent defendants on death penalty cases are inexperienced in dealing with death penalty cases.  

 

There is also the larger problem of those living in poverty often having lower education levels and decreased employment opportunities.  This leads to increased crime by those who live in poverty in order to obtain goods that they cannot afford.

 

On this World Day Against the Death Penalty, we, at The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, ask that you remember all those on death row throughout the world.  Please pray that if they are innocent of the crimes for which they have been convicted and sentenced to death, that their innocence will be proven prior to their execution.  Please also pray that all may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if they have not already.

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