Why I Will Not Seek the Death Penalty as Multnomah District Attorney

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Mike Schmidt, candidate for Multnomah DA
  • The death penalty is expensive, inefficient, racially-biased, and does not deter crime.
  • There is a great deal of evidence that capital punishment is not applied evenly or fairly. People of color, people with cognitive impairments or developmental disabilities, and poor people are more likely to be sentenced to death.
  • Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1984, it has cost Oregonians tens of millions of dollars, and no person has been executed involuntarily since 1962.
  • The death penalty heavily burdens our state’s courts and criminal justice system. In fact, each death penalty case costs the state between $800,000 and $1 million more to prosecute than standard aggravated murder cases.
  • American history is sadly full of examples of citizens being executed and later found to be innocent. In addition, more than 156 innocent people have been released from death row in 26 states. Legal experts have estimated that one innocent person is exonerated for every nine who are executed.

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Candidate for Multnomah County District Attorney

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Mike Schmidt

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Candidate for Multnomah County District Attorney

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