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Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter on a Georgia Death Penalty Moratorium

By Rosalynn Carter




ATLANTA....I endorse the call for a moratorium on executions in Georgia and wholeheartedly support the American Bar Association's Georgia Death Penalty Assessment Team Report. I have openly opposed the death penalty for a long time. There are serious questions about the fairness of its application in our state. If we are not going to abolish the death penalty, a moratorium would give time to thoroughly examine its imposition in the different counties in our state and develop uniform legal procedures that would more accurately ensure that innocent people are not killed. The ABA report is a welcome contribution to public thinking on an important topic that affects all Georgians.

As co-founder of The Carter Center, Mrs. Carter has worked in advocacy of mental health, human rights, conflict resolution, and democracy. The Carter Center has observed 62 elections in 25 nations, helped farmers in 15 African countries double or triple crop yields, worked to control or eradicate diseases in Africa and Latin America, and strived to diminish the stigma against mental illnesses.


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