Faith leaders call to end death penalty in Miss.

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Leaders of Muslim, Jewish and Christian congregations gathered at the Capitol Thursday to call for an end the death penalty in Mississippi.

Members of the Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference pled for mercy for those on death row in the name of their various faiths.

Death penalty supporter Anne Pace of Jackson, meanwhile, held pictures of her daughter, who she says died at the hands of a serial killer.

The main point of contention between the MRLC and Pace is whether the death penalty acts as an effective deterrent to crime, but the issue also hangs on inequity in the criminal justice system.

Okolo Rashid of the International Museum of Muslim Cultures says that she believes her faith would allow her to support the death penalty if it were administered fairly.