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All Victims Deserve Dignity and Respect

All Victims Deserve Dignity and Respect

The Colorado Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty has been working to support the family of Eric Autobee whose murder was likely preventable. He was killed while at work as a prison guard by a mentally ill prisoner in plain view of a control station that was unstaffed. Bob Autobee, Eric's father, and a former prison guard himself, has been shut out of the process by prosecutors seeking to execute the man who killed his son because he opposes the death penalty. Read More navigateright

A Final Farewell to Greg Wilhoit, Who Survived Oklahoma’s Death Row

A Final Farewell to Greg Wilhoit, Who Survived Oklahoma’s Death Row

America's community of death row survivors bids a farewell to another one of its own. Gregory R. Wilhoit, who had spent five years on Oklahoma's death row after being wrongfully convicted for the brutal murder of his wife, died in his sleep on February 13. Read More navigateright

Justice Playing ‘Second Fiddle’ to Enforcing Death Penalty in Missouri

According due process of the law to death row inmates in Missouri is apparently a difficult constitutional mandate to embrace, at least for some state attorneys charged with carrying out death penalty sentences.  Read More navigateright

Victims’ Families Lead the Way in Maryland

When her husband, Michael was murdered, Bonita became a single mother and sole breadwinner, yet she dedicated herself to helping other victims in need. Read More navigateright

New Hampshire Criminal Justice Committee Passes Repeal Bill

New Hampshire Criminal Justice Committee Passes Repeal Bill

Tuesday, February 10th, New Hampshire moved one step closer to repealing the death penalty. In a 14-3 vote, the New Hampshire House Criminal Justice committee overwhelmingly voted favor of House Bill 1170. Read More navigateright

Governor Inslee Declares a Moratorium on Executions for Washington State

Governor Inslee Declares a Moratorium on Executions for Washington State

On February 11, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee announced a moratorium on the death penalty in state, making Washington state the latest state to join the national trend towards ending use of the death penalty. For the remainder of his time in office Inslee will grant reprieves for death sentences, preventing any executions from happening. Read More navigateright

Death Penalty a ‘house of cards’?

Diann Rust-Tierney, live on MSNBC with host Craig Melvin, discusses how the death penalty is a system that is falling in on itself like a house of cards.  Read More navigateright

Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Launch Vigil Protesting Pharmacy

NCADP state affiliate, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, launched an ongoing vigil today in front of the Oklahoma pharmacy which allegedly is supplying lethal injection drugs to Missouri officials.  Read More navigateright

NCADP Launches 90 Million Strong Campaign by Honoring Maryland Elected Officials

NCADP Launches 90 Million Strong Campaign by Honoring Maryland Elected Officials

On Sunday, January 26, NCADP hosted the 90 Million Strong Campaign kickoff party at the home of Rev. Barry and Joanne Lynn where we honored Governor Martin O’Malley, Senator Jamie Raskin, Senator Lisa Gladden, Delegate Sandy Rosenberg, and Delegate Salima Marriott for their leadership in the fight to repeal the death penalty in Maryland. Read More navigateright

Lawless In Texas: The Case Of Edgar Tamayo Arias

Respect for the rule of law is one of the many casualties of capital punishment. Public officials who cling to this practice most vociferously are often among the worst offenders. Texas is a case in point. The execution of Edgar Tamayo Arias has drawn national and international attention. It highlights an aspect of Texas pride that can be endearing but sometimes raises troubling concerns. Read More navigateright

North Carolinians at Odds with State Legislators Over Views on the Death Penalty

North Carolinians at Odds with State Legislators Over Views on the Death Penalty

In the 2013 legislative session, the legislature passed a bill repealing the 2009 Racial Justice Act, which Gov. McCrory subsequently signed into law. The Racial Justice Act permitted inmates to challenge sentences on the basis of race. Despite the repeal of the Racial Justice Act in 2013, several factors suggest that North Carolinians are moving away from the death penalty. Read More navigateright

2014 Off to a Blustery Start

Despite the continued national trend away from the death penalty, we are off to a blustery start to the year when it comes to executions. Seven states had collectively scheduled 11 executions for this month alone. That’s shocking given that only nine states carried out executions in all of 2013. Read More navigateright

Honoring Dr. King by Ending Capital Punishment

Honoring Dr. King by Ending Capital Punishment

The holiday marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. coincides with the beginning of legislative sessions in state capitals across the country. In a number of state capitals policymakers will consider whether the death penalty should continue as a feature of their justice systems. Support for capital punishment continues to decline as a recent report by the Death Penalty Information Center indicates. The more people learn about the death penalty in action, the less they like it. Read More navigateright

Underside of the Death Penalty

In Gary Strauss's USA Today article on the execution of Dennis McGuire, Diann Rust-Tierney states, "What's happening is shocking. We're seeing the underside of the death penalty: irresponsible behavior by states and the realization that there's not a good way to kill people.This case and others are going to increase and galvanize those who oppose capital punishment and cause the public and policymakers to say. 'What are we doing?'" Read More navigateright

State Legislatures Consider Death Penalty Repeal

State Legislatures Consider Death Penalty Repeal

On January 16th, two states, Kansas and New Hampshire, held hearings in their capitals to consider legislation to repeal the death penalty. Both bills have bipartisan support from lawmakers and are being considered after extensive advocacy from abolition supporters. Read More navigateright

New Execution Methods Can’t Disguise Same Old Death Penalty Problems

Ohio made history today by becoming the first state to use the two-drug combination of midazolam and hydromorphone in the execution of Dennis McGuire. State officials decided to use this experimental combination of powerful sedatives and painkillers after supplies of approved execution drugs ran dry. These shortages have caused other states to begin using experimental and downright dangerous methods to carry out executions. Read More navigateright

Florida Carried Out First Execution of 2014

Best known for sandy beaches, palmettos and warm weather, Florida has a darker side not familiar to those paying homage to Mickey Mouse and the Magic Kingdom. Florida leads the nation in the number of exonerations of death row prisoners due to evidence of wrongful conviction. Read More navigateright

After the Holidays: Now Live It

I spent the last days of 2013 reflecting on the principles of Kwanzaa. My celebration of Kwanzaa has changed over the years as our family has changed and grown. Read More navigateright

We Are 90 Million Strong

The law doesn’t read “guilty until proven innocent.” And yet, since 1973, the United States has released 143 people from death row after they proved their innocence. It’s a totally backwards approach, and sometimes, we don’t get to them fast enough. Troy Davis, Carlos de Luna, Cameron Todd Willingham, and Gary Graham are among those who are widely believed to have been wrongly executed. In all likelihood there are others. Read More navigateright

Farewell, Tata

Farewell, Tata

I learned of Nelson Mandela's passing, Tata, or father, as he is called in South Africa, from an emergency text on my phone: "Use caution when driving near the South African Embassy -- there will be mourners gathering in the area." Read More navigateright

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