Conservatives in Tennessee are taking a stand to re-evaluate the current capital punishment system with the launch of the coalition, Tennessee Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.
Polls show that national support for the death penalty has steadily decreased over the past two decades and has reached a 40-year low – even among conservatives who have traditionally been strong proponents of capital punishment.
Our state continues to spend millions of dollars a year on an unpopular punishment that hasn’t been used since 2009. The 2004 Tennessee Comptroller’s “Tennessee’s Death Penalty: Costs and Consequences” report revealed that death penalty trials cost an average of 48 percent more than the average cost of trials in which prosecutors seek life imprisonment. The death penalty fails at both efficiency and results.
Together, we are questioning a system marked by inefficiency, inequity and inaccuracy.
Tennessee Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, a project of TADP, is a network of political and social conservatives who question the alignment of Tennessee’s capital punishment system with conservative principles and values.