To publicly state their personal and corporate position to promote nonviolence, the Sisters of Mercy – Northeast Community adopted the following stance on the abolition of the death penalty in January 2007.
As Sisters of Mercy of the Northeast Community, Associates and Companions:
We believe in the value of human life and are committed to a Gospel stance of non-violence.
We recognize the need to develop ways to address the roots of violence, and believe that the death penalty is not a deterrent to crime.
We understand that capital punishment is administered inequitably and discriminates against people who are poor, uneducated, mentally ill and of different races.
We support the families of victims and the development of alternatives to the death penalty.
We, the Sisters and Associates of Mercy of the Americas Northeast Community, oppose the death penalty.