BACKGROUND: Jerry Correll is scheduled to be executed by the State of Florida on October 29, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. for the tragic murders of Susan Correll, Tuesday Correll, Mary Lou Hines and Marybeth Jones. If carried out, this would be the 22nd execution under Governor Scott’s leadership, more than any Florida governor since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976.
We are challenged to recognize the God-given sanctity and dignity of all human life, even the lives of those who have done great harm and taken the life of another. We sympathize with the profound pain of the victims of brutal crimes. Another death, however, does not provide true healing for those who mourn.
In addressing Congress last month, Pope Francis reminded us, “…every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes.” The Bishops of Florida, together with the US Bishops, have long called for an end to the use of the death penalty since society can be kept safe without resorting to ending another human life or withholding the aggressor’s opportunity for redemption.
By ending the use of the death penalty we would take an important step to abandon the culture of death and embrace the culture of life.
The FCCB has issued a statement urging the governor to commute Mr. Correll’s sentence.
ACTION: Please send a message to Governor Scott urging him to commute Jerry Correll’s death sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole and sign no more death warrants.
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