Eliminating the death penalty remains a daunting challenge for many individuals and organizations. While progress has been made through the Innocence Project and the elimination of the death penalty for persons who are mentally challenged, 35 states maintain the death penalty. One creative effort to discourage the use of the death penalty is the Declaration of Life. This legal document states that if the signer is murdered she/he does not want the perpetrator executed. The signed document should be kept with other legal papers.