In 2012, Vanita Gupta, the current nominee for the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, sent a letter to ACLU supporters opposing capital punishment. She said America was attached to a “cruel and racially discriminatory” capital punishment system. Link to her full statement opposing many aspects of the criminal justice system.
Throughout the year, the ACLU was in legislatures across the country promoting smart criminal justice reforms aimed at safely reducing jail and prison populations and dismantling the devastating and ultimately ineffective war on drugs. We were in court fighting abusive police practices and inhumane prison and jail conditions. And we have been relentless in our efforts to end America’s attachment to its cruel and racially discriminatory capital punishment system.