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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

Delaware Supreme Court Unanimous Reversal of Conviction and Death Sentence of Jermaine Wright

Delaware Supreme Court Unanimous Reversal of Conviction and Death Sentence of Jermaine Wright

On May 19th, in a 5-0 unanimous ruling, the Delaware Supreme Court overturned the conviction of death row prisoner Jermaine Wright, citing a “miscarriage of justice.” Read More navigateright

UPDATE: U.S. Supreme Court Grants Stay to Russell Bucklew

UPDATE: U.S. Supreme Court Grants Stay to Russell Bucklew

Late Wednesday night, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a stay of execution for Russell Bucklew in Missouri, allowing his appeal with the 8th Circuit Court to proceed.  Read More navigateright

Death Penalty Repeal Fails in New Hampshire; “The fight does not end here.”

Death Penalty Repeal Fails in New Hampshire; “The fight does not end here.”

New Hampshire Senate Fails to Pass SB 202 with Amendment to Repeal the Death Penalty Read More navigateright

Renny Cushing Weighs In On NH Tie Vote

"We will repeal the death penalty in NH," says Rep. Renny Cushing in this new video from the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.  Read More navigateright

Forgiveness Takes Precedence Over Wrath

Forgiveness Takes Precedence Over Wrath

In an early battle in defense of Islam's still-struggling first community in Medina, the prophet Muhammad's son-in-law Ali brought a traitor to his knees and was about to kill him when the man spat in his face. Ali sheathed his sword, knowing that to strike out of anger rather than out of acting for justice would be a sin. 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

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

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

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

Ten Death Penalty Stories from 2013 Not to Have Missed

Ten Death Penalty Stories from 2013 Not to Have Missed

In 2013, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and our many allies and supporters in the death penalty abolition movement celebrated triumphs and learned from our setbacks. This list of important stories from 2013 emphasizes the successes but provides critical reminders of the challenges we still need to overcome. Read More navigateright

Colorado’s Journey to Realizing the Beloved Community

A bill to abolish Colorado’s death penalty failed during this past Legislative session, but Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CADP) has come back strong, teaming up with a diverse and powerful group of community partners. Together they will engage Coloradans throughout the state in dialogue about why abolishing the death penalty will make Colorado a stronger, safer, and more just place to live. Read More navigateright

Daisy Kouzel, A Life-long Abolitionist

Daisy Kouzel, A Life-long Abolitionist

Our mother, Daisy, was a death penalty abolitionist since she was a child. She could not explain why she had acquired this particular passion at so early an age. She had no personal connection with anyone who had been affected by capital punishment, either victim or defendant. Our father, Alfred, had a theory that perhaps in a previous life, Daisy had had a son or daughter who was executed. But however it began, Daisy, with the help of Alfred and us kids, worked tirelessly for the cause. 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

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