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#NEWS: Nebraska Abolishes the Death Penalty

#NEWS: Nebraska Abolishes the Death Penalty

Nebraska legislators have successfully overridden the Governor's veto and abolished the death penalty in the state. Read More navigateright

A Sacrifice for the Monkey God

A Sacrifice for the Monkey God

Darren Raleigh, a Torchbearer of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, offers his case for abolition after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev receives a federal death sentence. Read More navigateright

Torchbearer Spotlight: Zann Carter

Torchbearer Spotlight: Zann Carter

I do have spiritual and moral reasons for my opposition, and I believe that we cannot make progress towards a peaceful, non-violent society unless we stop state killing. I also believe the death penalty is, in practice, impossible to mete out fairly, nor can we insure that no innocent person is killed. Read More navigateright

#NEWS: Nebraska Lawmakers Vote to Abolish the Death Penalty

#NEWS: Nebraska Lawmakers Vote to Abolish the Death Penalty

Nebraska lawmakers have passed a bill to repeal the death penalty in the state. Read More navigateright

#NEWS: Nebraska Legislature Advances Death Penalty Repeal Bill

#NEWS: Nebraska Legislature Advances Death Penalty Repeal Bill

The Nebraska legislature advances death penalty repeal bill for the second time. Read More navigateright

Statement on Recent Report Detailing Process of Clayton Lockett’s Gruesome, Inhumane Execution

Statement on Recent Report Detailing Process of Clayton Lockett’s Gruesome, Inhumane Execution

Statement by Executive Director Diann Rust-Tierney on Recent Report Detailing Process of Clayton Lockett’s Gruesome, Inhumane Execution. NCADP Renews Call to Halt All Executions. Read More navigateright

#NEWS: The Execution of Clayton Lockett

#NEWS: The Execution of Clayton Lockett

The Atlantic offers a detailed look at the horrific 2014 execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma. Read More navigateright

Torchbearer Spotlight: Damon Hickey

Torchbearer Spotlight: Damon Hickey

It's complicated, but I've always felt that, as a Christian, I'm not supposed to kill. That also means, for me, as a citizen of a country where the people rule, I'm killing people whenever there's an execution. So I oppose the death penalty. Read More navigateright

#NEWS: 153rd Person Added to List of Death Row Exonerees

#NEWS: 153rd Person Added to List of Death Row Exonerees

Willie Manning has become the 153rd person to be added to the growing list of death row exonerees.  Read More navigateright

The Methods to the Madness: The Electric Chair, Lethal Injection and Now Nitrogen Gas

The Methods to the Madness: The Electric Chair, Lethal Injection and Now Nitrogen Gas

John D. Bessler, of the University of Baltimore School of Law, discusses new changes in the evolution of capital punishment Read More navigateright

Reflections on Lethal Drugs, Sleeping and Waking Up

Reflections on Lethal Drugs, Sleeping and Waking Up

A closer look at the Supreme Court hearing of Glossip v. Gross and executions. Read More navigateright

Torchbearer Spotlight: Tony Catano

Torchbearer Spotlight: Tony Catano

Above all, I oppose the death penalty because I feel it is morally wrong for us to choose to inflict death as a form of punishment on our fellow human beings.  Read More navigateright

NCADP Statement on SCOTUS hearing of Glossip v. Gross

NCADP Statement on SCOTUS hearing of Glossip v. Gross

The death penalty is hindering our nation’s forward progress. It’s time to end it. Read More navigateright

#NEWS: “To End the Anguish, Drop the Death Penalty”

#NEWS: “To End the Anguish, Drop the Death Penalty”

Bill and Denise Richard, the parents of 8-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings, wrote a powerful op-ed in the Boston Globe. Read More navigateright

The Death Penalty Robs Education

The Death Penalty Robs Education

An examination of the relationship between spending on the death penalty and on education in the United States. Read More navigateright

The Death Penalty Ignores the Needs of Families of Victims

The Death Penalty Ignores the Needs of Families of Victims

Abolish the death penalty and invest in victims services. Read More navigateright

April 15th LIVE Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates The Death Penalty with Diann Rust-Tierney

April 15th LIVE Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates The Death Penalty with Diann Rust-Tierney

On 15 April 2015, Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, was a featured panelist on a live Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on the death penalty. Read More navigateright

#EDITORIAL: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Should Not Get Death Penalty

#EDITORIAL: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Should Not Get Death Penalty

The LA Times has written a forceful editorial stating that Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not be given the death penalty. Read More navigateright

#NEWS: How the Case Against Anthony Ray Hinton Unraveled

#NEWS: How the Case Against Anthony Ray Hinton Unraveled

On Thursday, 2 April 2015, Anthony Ray Hinton, who spent almost 30 years on death row in Alabama for the 1985 murders of two men, was exonerated and freed. The Washington Post shares how the case against him fell apart. Read More navigateright

#NEWS: Delaware Senate Passes Repeal Bill

#NEWS: Delaware Senate Passes Repeal Bill

On Thursday, 2 April 2015, the Delaware Senate passed a bill to repeal the death penalty in the state. Read More navigateright

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