Campaign to end the death penalty 2021
Wyoming Interfaith Network (WIN) statement of opposition to the Death Penalty in Wyoming
To: Wyoming Legislators, Governor Gordon, and other elected officials,
The Wyoming Interfaith Network, representing ten faith communities in our state, stand unified in our opposition to the death penalty in Wyoming. The Wyoming Association of Churches, the ecumenical predecessor to the Wyoming Interfaith Network, has supported repeal of the death penalty for decades, and now the Wyoming Interfaith Network, since its inception in 2014, continues to carry on that work. WIN, in collaboration with Conservatives Concerned About The Death Penalty, the Catholic Church, and the ACLU, hereby implores our lawmakers and elected officials to pass into law a bill repealing the death penalty. WIN stands in solidarity with all those faith communities, organizations and individuals in Wyoming who support a law repealing the death penalty.
We support the repeal of the death penalty on spiritual, moral and philosophical grounds. We believe that instead of allotting our scarce resources to fund a flawed capital punishment system, the State of Wyoming should invest in victim support services, effective law enforcement, drug treatment programs, child and family services, and mental healthcare – all methods that can prevent future acts of violence.
We urge you, our lawmakers and neighbors, to seek alternative forms of healing and justice for all those that suffer in the wake of violent crimes. We believe that our justice system should be both humane and restorative, and the death penalty simply does not meet these standards.
Peace, and blessings on our mutual work,
For the Wyoming Interfaith Network,
Carl R. Carmichael, Chairman