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#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

Three Years After Troy Davis Execution, More Work To Be Done

Three Years After Troy Davis Execution, More Work To Be Done

Statement from Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty issued on September 21, 2014, the three year mark of the execution of Troy Davis.  Read More navigateright

Joint Statement: Calling on Missouri Governor Nixon to Stop Execution of Earl Ringo Jr.

Joint Statement: Calling on Missouri Governor Nixon to Stop Execution of Earl Ringo Jr.

Joint statement calling on Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to Appoint a Board of Inquiry to exam the role of race in death penalty sentencing and to #haltallexecutions in Missouri until the St. Louis University study has been completed and determines whether or not race influenced sentencing in Earl Ringo Jr.'s case and other death penalty cases in Missouri. Read More navigateright

This Weeks News: NCADP Renews Call to Halt All Executions After New Findings Ohio Prisoner Suffered

This Weeks News: NCADP Renews Call to Halt All Executions After New Findings Ohio Prisoner Suffered

Today, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty renewed its call for a halt to all executions nationwide, in response to this week's new findings by a medical expert indicating that an Ohio prisoner was conscious and likely suffered a prolonged and lingering death during a lethal injection in January. Read More navigateright

EXCLUSIVE: An Interview with Capital Punishment Scholar Austin Sarat

EXCLUSIVE: An Interview with Capital Punishment Scholar Austin Sarat

We spoke with legal scholar Austin Sarat about botched executions and the future of the death penalty abolition movement. Read More navigateright

Behind the Scenes: Interning at NCADP

Behind the Scenes: Interning at NCADP

We asked one of our interns to write about his experience at NCADP, what we got was a reminder of why this movement matters. Read More navigateright

STATEMENT FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ON BOTCHED EXECUTION OF JOSEPH WOOD IN ARIZONA

STATEMENT FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ON BOTCHED EXECUTION OF JOSEPH WOOD IN ARIZONA

"Tonight, we learned that yet another American has been put to death in a shocking and cruel way." Read More navigateright

#90mStrong Monday: “The justice system is extremely imperfect.”

#90mStrong Monday: “The justice system is extremely imperfect.”

On secular and religious grounds (Christian specifically), I found the death penalty to be problematic and thus, unjust and immoral. Read More navigateright

Drugs & Secrecy in the States

Drugs & Secrecy in the States

In the past year, a startling number of states have adopted secrecy measures surrounding the procurement of lethal injection drugs. Read More navigateright

#90mStrong Monday: “I don’t want to live in a nation where the government supports taking a life.”

#90mStrong Monday: “I don’t want to live in a nation where the government supports taking a life.”

I strongly oppose the death penalty because taking a life is not a justice that helps either party. Read More navigateright

Vigil Series: An Interview with Father Phil Egitto

Vigil Series: An Interview with Father Phil Egitto

As part of our blog series on execution vigils, I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Father Phil Egitto, the Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Daytona, Florida, about vigils, the death penalty, and the importance of action. Read More navigateright

#90mStrong Monday: “An eye-for-an-eye punishment does not “fix” anything.”

#90mStrong Monday: “An eye-for-an-eye punishment does not “fix” anything.”

OK, I’ll bite. Something I’ve been hesitant to share, but am beginning to feel compelled to speak about: A growing interest in the movement to abolish the death penalty. Read More navigateright

NCADP Recommends: Summer Reading List

NCADP Recommends: Summer Reading List

We have compiled a list of books that discuss capital punishment, the criminal justice system, and social reform.  Read More navigateright

#90mStrong Monday: “The death penalty doesn’t change anyone’s behavior.”

#90mStrong Monday: “The death penalty doesn’t change anyone’s behavior.”

I have believed for most of my life that killing is wrong.  Read More navigateright

Furman v. Georgia Turns 42

Furman v. Georgia Turns 42

June 29th marks the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Furman v. Georgia Supreme Court decision, which established a nationwide moratorium on capital punishment that lasted from 1972-1976. Here, we remember and celebrate the powerful arguments of the five judges in the majority opinion.  Read More navigateright

Guest Blog: Tennessee’s Dysfunctional Death Penalty

Guest Blog: Tennessee’s Dysfunctional Death Penalty

Ten men are currently scheduled to be executed in the state of Tennessee beginning in October 2014, an unprecedented number for a state that has executed only six men since 1960. Read More navigateright

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