ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Archbishop Robert Carlson along with other Missouri Catholic leaders sent a letter to Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster expressing concern about the rapid acceleration of executions in Missouri.

The letter was also sent to the state’s Supreme Court Justices and members of the Missouri General Assembly.

As of today, there have been 15 executions in Missouri since November of 2013.

The bishops want to know how much thought has been given to every circumstance of each defendant when the executions are carried out.

The bishops say their pleas for clemency continue to be ignored, even when defendants are profoundly impaired by severe mental illnesses or traumatic brain injuries.

They are asking lawmakers to begin to take steps to end the death penalty in Missouri, and strongly believe that we can’t teach killing is wrong by killing.

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