God of Justice, in the United States, the death penalty is used as the ultimate form of punishment for heinous crimes. This barbaric practice is rejected in most other countries of the world.

Survey: Support for the death penalty [in the U.S.] is at its lowest point in 40 years — at 60 percent, down from a high of 80 percent in 1994. (Gallup Poll)

Fountain of Mercy, help us to find ways to bring compassion, forgiveness, and restorative justice into the criminal justice system so that changed lives, not death, are offered to offenders.

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