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Background State and Federal Responsibilities for Criminal Justice 

The judicial system divides responsibilities for prosecution and incarceration between the local, state, and federal levels. Advocacy and changes at each level are critical for ending mass incarceration.

Background DNA Testing and Incarceration 

Dozens of wrongly-convicted persons (including several on death row) have been exonerated of crimes. DNA testing has played an important role in a number of exonerations.

Background Moral and Practical Reasons to End the Death Penalty 

There are many reasons to end the use of the death penalty. Executing criminals does not effectively address the roots of violence in our society. It has not been shown to effectively deter the sorts of crimes for which it is applied. It does not restore lives destroyed by acts of violence.

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