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Trusting Law Enforcement After the Trayvon Tragedy

Trusting Law Enforcement After the Trayvon Tragedy

Trayvon’s is a story that far too many African American men experience daily. This case, and the countless others that haven't received the same attention, remind us of the crisis of racial profiling where millions of Black and brown people in America--particularly Black boys and men--are often automatically judged as suspicious or dangerous. These young men are growing up in a world where they feel unsafe proceeding with certain everyday activities such as returning home from an errand, driving, or hanging out with friends because of stereotyping and over-criminalization by our criminal justice. Read More navigateright

Trayvon Martin & the Death Penalty:  Criminalization of the Black Community

Trayvon Martin & the Death Penalty:  Criminalization of the Black Community

Does Trayvon Martin have anything to do with race and the death penalty? Some may think the senseless killing of an unarmed Black teenager is completely unrelated to the racial discrimination in our capital punishment system. But nothing could be further from the truth.  Read More navigateright

When profiling is “reasonable,” injustice becomes excusable

Earlier this week the prominent Catholic theologian and social activist, Fr. Bryan Massingale, wrote a provocative blog post on the U.S. Catholic web site about the Trayvon Martin case, commenting that when we accept profiling as reasonable, then Trayvon Martin becomes, "a sacrifice at the alter of white fear." Read More navigateright

From Trayvon to Racial Disparities in the Death Penalty

From Trayvon to Racial Disparities in the Death Penalty

In his remarks during a surprise appearance before the press, President Obama placed the national outrage over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman into the historical context of racial oppression, violence and disenfranchisement, drawing connections to the racial disparities in our criminal justice system overall. Read More navigateright

Stay for Warren Hill Remains in Place

On July 18th, Judge Gail Tusan of the Fulton County Superior Court indefinitely stayed the execution of Warren Hill, a person with mental retardation, to consider the merits of his lethal injection challenge. Today, the State did not appeal the ruling.  Read More navigateright

Race, People of Faith and the Death Penalty

This video, produced by the Odyssey Network, discusses the legacy of racial discrimination in the death penalty and the importance of the faith community’s role in galvanizing public opposition to capital punishment. Read More navigateright

Judge Upholds Stay of Execution for Warren Hill

A Fulton County judge has upheld a stay of execution for Warren Hill, expressing concern that a new state law, which allows the Department of Corrections to keep secret the identities of those who make and distribute the lethal injection drugs used to carry out an execution, is unconstitutional. The state's attorneys plan to immediately appeal the ruling to the State Supreme Court. If the court overturn's Judge Tusan's injunction, it remains possible that Hill could still be executed on Friday, July 19th at 7pm ET. Read More navigateright

UPDATE: Warren Hill Receives Stay of Execution Until Friday!

Fulton County Superior Court has temporarily stayed tonight's scheduled execution of Warren Hill so that a briefing can take place on Mr. Hill's complaint challenging the extreme secrecy surrounding the execution in light of Georgia's new Lethal Injection Secrecy Act. Read More navigateright

Diann Rust-Tierney on Culture Shocks with Barry Lynn

“When the public gets the facts and knows the alternatives, they are happy to have the death penalty become a thing of the past,” explained Rust-Tierney. In their lengthy interview, Rust-Tierney and Lynn discuss the impact of death penalty repeal in Maryland. Rust-Tierney observed that there is “no constituency for the death penalty” and the politics are changing. People are doing the right thing as they see the death penalty unraveling and they are stepping away from it.  Read More navigateright

Diann Rust-Tierney on Women’s Media Center Live

Diann Rust-Tierney discusses the role of innocence on public opinion, educational efforts, the importance of strong political leadership and ways to get involved with the death penalty abolition movement. Read More navigateright

What Made Maryland Different?

What separates Maryland from other states that have had recent abolition campaigns is the consistent presence of a single governor with the initiative to pass abolition legislation. While bills in other states have had gubernatorial support, Governor Martin O’Malley was the only governor to formally make abolition a part of his legislative agenda. Read More navigateright

Coalition Partners Reflect on Maryland Repeal

Coalition Partners Reflect on Maryland Repeal

On May 2, 2013, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed a bill to repeal the death penalty, making Maryland the eighteenth state to abolish the death penalty and the sixth to do so in six years. The successful campaign that led to this moment involved a broad coalition of community and organizational partners who worked for the better part of a decade until they finally prevailed when the Maryland legislature passed the bill to end capital punishment. Read More navigateright

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Comes Out Against the Death Penalty

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, has joined the growing ranks of judges and prosecutors who now oppose the death penalty. Read More navigateright

North Carolina Repeals the Racial Justice Act

North Carolina Repeals the Racial Justice Act

In 2009 North Carolina blazed a trail by becoming the first state to pass a Racial Justice Act in response to evidence of bias in death penalty cases, including jurors admitting racial bigotry and the exonerations of three African-American death row inmates in the preceding three years. The intent of the law was ensure that, if North Carolina is to have a death penalty, every effort is made to ensure that racial bias plays no role in that system. Read More navigateright

State Leader Profile: Mark Elliott from Florida

State Leader Profile: Mark Elliott from Florida

For Mark Elliott, Executive Director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP), it was the killing of a Jewish prisoner by the state that put him on the road to abolish capital punishment. Read More navigateright

Georgia Rushes to Execute Warren Hill

Georgia Rushes to Execute Warren Hill

Will Georgia execute a man who has been found to have an intellectual disability by every single doctor who has examined him? That is the disturbing question in the case of Warren Hill, who faces execution on Monday, July 15.  Read More navigateright

Who Would Jesus Execute?

In an interview published earlier this year by the evangelical magazine, Sojourners, Richard Viguerie explains how his political conservative philosophy and Christian faith inform his opposition to capital punishment. Read More navigateright

Rachel’s Fund Resources

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty established Rachel’s Fund in the memory of Rachel King, a leading abolitionist. Rachel, through her writing and advocacy, sought to create a better understanding of the needs of families of murder victims and families of people on death row. It is Rachel’s vision of communities coming together to promote healing and to change public policy on the death penalty that our Rachel’s Fund program is intended to promote. See these materials for state affiliates. Read More navigateright

What Every Catholic Should Know about the Death Penalty

The Catholic Mobilizing Network to End Use of the Death Penalty (CMN) has done a great service by creating this two page resource for the faith community. Read More navigateright

Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime

Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime

Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime (2012, National Center for Victims of Crime) by Susan Herman presents a new framework for delivering justice to victims. Herman, who has more than 30 years of criminal justice experience, including eight years as executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, offers the metaphor of two ladders of justice—one for offenders and one for victims—with separate paths and responses. The criminal justice system controls the path for offenders—which includes apprehension, persecution, sanctioning, and eventual reintegration into society. Yet, the path to justice for victims “at every level—individual, community, and governmental—is ineffective, fragmented, and dismissive.”  Read More navigateright

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