[The] Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that ‘the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person,’ and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 2267

The Death Penalty in Georgia

Since 1976, when the Supreme Court upheld Georgia’s death penalty statute in Gregg V. Georgia, the state of Georgia has executed 76 people. Over 1,000 executions have taken place in Georgia since its first recorded execution in 1735. Click here to read more about the history of capital punishment in Georgia.  As of September 30, 2022, there were 37 men under death sentence, and one woman.

Georgia also has the highest standard of proof for proving intellectual disability in a capital case. Other states have a “preponderance of the evidence” standard, while Georgia’s is “beyond a reasonable doubt.” No one facing a death sentence in Georgia has been able to meet this standard. As a result, Georgia has and will continue to execute people with intellectual disabilities; disabilities that can include a limited capacity for reasoning. Click here to learn more about intellectual disability and Georgia’s standard of proof.

Join the Movement

Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty educates Catholics on Church teaching about capital punishment and mobilizes action to eliminate its use in Georgia and around the world.

Catholic Mobilizing Network is a national organization that mobilizes Catholics and all people of goodwill to value life over death, to end the use of the death penalty, to transform the U.S. criminal justice system from punitive to restorative and to build capacity in U.S. society to engage in restorative practices. Click here for more.

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