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VIDEO: John Bessler on The Birth of American Law

University of Baltimore School of Law professor John Bessler discusses his book The Birth of American Law: An Italian Philosopher and the American Revolution. Read More navigateright

Martin Luther King Jr. and The Abomination of State Executions

Martin Luther King Jr. and The Abomination of State Executions

This January 15th, the day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, should be a time to remember, celebrate and carry on his tireless fight for justice and racial equality. However the state of Oklahoma and the state of Florida are taking this day to execute two of their citizens. Read More navigateright

Weekly News Roundup 1/5/15 - 1/9/15

Post-Botched Execution, Oklahoma Prepares For New Execution; Indiana State Senator Proposes Bill To Abolish State’s Death Penalty; Another Study Concludes Death Penalty Costs States Millions and #ICYMI: Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley Commutes State’s Remaining Death Sentences Read More navigateright

Mario Cuomo: Passionate Death Penalty Abolitionist

Mario Cuomo: Passionate Death Penalty Abolitionist

Remembering former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and his strong stance against the death penalty. Read More navigateright

Year in Reflection 2014

Year in Reflection 2014

Diann's reflections on 2014 and vision for 2015 Read More navigateright

Weekly News Round-Up: 12/15/14 - 12/19/14

Weekly News Round-Up: 12/15/14 - 12/19/14

Report: Executions Down Nationwide; More Details Emerge In Clayton Lockett Execution; OH Passes Lethal Injection Secrecy Bill & More Read More navigateright

#NEWS: Judge Overturns Conviction of George Stinney Jr., Executed at Age 14 in 1944

#NEWS: Judge Overturns Conviction of George Stinney Jr., Executed at Age 14 in 1944

Enough is enough. We must abolish the death penalty now. Read More navigateright

VIDEO: Jim Wallis: Christian Conservative Opposition To Death Penalty Growing

VIDEO: Jim Wallis: Christian Conservative Opposition To Death Penalty Growing

Jim Wallis, President & Editor-in-Chief of Sojourners, a #90mStrong Campaign Partner, shares his views on the conflict between the death penalty and Christian beliefs. Read More navigateright

SPECIAL EDITION: Weekly News Round-Up: 12/8/14 - 12/12/14

SPECIAL EDITION: Weekly News Round-Up: 12/8/14 - 12/12/14

Broad Coalition Launches National Campaign To End The Death Penalty … IN OTHER NEWS: More Exonerated; More Executed; OH Senate Okays Bill to Keep Lethal Injection Protocols Secret; and Many Connect US Torture Report to US’s Use of Death Penalty & Police Brutality. Read More navigateright

Civil Rights, Religious, Human Rights and Pro-Liberty Groups Launch Campaign to End Death Penalty

Civil Rights, Religious, Human Rights and Pro-Liberty Groups Launch Campaign to End Death Penalty

After year of botched executions, exonerations, and evidence of racial bias in justice system, “90 Million Strong” campaign launches to activate Americans who oppose capital punishment Read More navigateright

Give Hope

Give Hope

Today is Giving Tuesday! That leaves less than 24 hours to help the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty meet our $30,000 Giving Tuesday Campaign Goal. Read More navigateright

We’re Thankful…

We’re Thankful…

To celebrate Thanksgiving, we at the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty are taking a moment to reflect on all the things we’re thankful for... Read More navigateright

Weekly News Round-Up: 11/3/14 - 11/7/14

Weekly News Round-Up: 11/3/14 - 11/7/14

MD AG argues state no longer has “authority” to execute. One man's death sentence is thrown out in TX while another mentally-ill man is prepared for execution. And questions are raised about the moral and financial cost of the death penalty. Read More navigateright

Weekly News Round-Up: 10/27/14 - 10/31/14

Weekly News Round-Up: 10/27/14 - 10/31/14

2014 Likely to Have Fewest US Executions Since 1994…Even in Texas, Executions Are Down. Missouri Execution Is Stayed Due to Negligent Defense Counsel. Oklahoma Executions Postponed Until 2015. More States Fighting to Keep Execution Procedures Secret. PLUS: Outrage Of The Week.  Read More navigateright

The Death Penalty and its Inexcusable Burden on Prison Workers

The Death Penalty and its Inexcusable Burden on Prison Workers

Prison workers are forced to endure the reality of what it means to execute a human being, and this does not go without consequence. Read More navigateright

#NEWS: Pope Reaffirms Absolute Condemnation of Death Penalty

#NEWS: Pope Reaffirms Absolute Condemnation of Death Penalty

Important Statement from Pope Francis regarding the death penalty. Read More navigateright

Democracies Die Behind Closed Doors: Capital Punishment and State Secrecy Laws

Democracies Die Behind Closed Doors: Capital Punishment and State Secrecy Laws

“Democracies die behind closed doors. When the government begins closing doors, it selectively controls information rightfully belonging to the people. Selective information is misinformation.”— Judge Damon J. Keith, 2002. Read More navigateright

California’s Latest Exoneration: Further Evidence That the Death Penalty Should Be Abolished

California’s Latest Exoneration: Further Evidence That the Death Penalty Should Be Abolished

On October 10th, 2014, having spent 17 years in prison, Susan Mellen was exonerated by a Los Angeles County judge, who described the case as a “failure of the criminal justice system.”  Read More navigateright

Weekly News Round-Up: 10/6/14 - 10-10/14

Weekly News Round-Up: 10/6/14 - 10-10/14

As we observe World Day Against the Death Penalty today, the news this week – including an innocent former Death Row prisoner finally freed in Texas - underscores the many flaws of both the justice system that continues to unfairly convict defendants and states’ secret protocols of the actual death chamber. This week, major editorial boards, PA’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate and a former executioner himself are joining the public groundswell in condemning capital punishment. Read More navigateright

Mental Illness and the Death Penalty

Mental Illness and the Death Penalty

"By all means justice should be done. But I have to wonder: Where is the justice in killing a sick human being?” A look at the death penalty and the mentally ill. Read More navigateright

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