Furman v. Georgia
On June 29th, 1972, the Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in Furman V. Georgia. They ruled that the death penalty was applied in a manner that disproportionately harmed minorities and the poor. Though we know that four years later the death penalty was reinstated, the majority opinion in Furman V. Georgia is as true today as it was in 1972.
Witness to Innocence (WTI) is the only national organization in the United States composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors and their family members. The mission of WTI is to abolish the death penalty by empowering exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones to become effective leaders in the abolition movement. WTI actively challenges political leaders and the public to grapple with the reality of a fatally flawed criminal justice system that sends innocent people to death row. WTI also seeks ways to support death row survivors and their loved ones as they confront the challenges of life after exoneration.
A country that joins more than 140 other nations in abolishing the death penalty in law or in practice. A country that grants fair and speedy compensation to the wrongfully convicted. A country that puts “justice” back into the criminal justice system.
"If sentencing to death and possibly executing an innocent person isn't cruel and unusual punishment, nothing is."
— Ray Krone, 100th death row exoneree