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NCADP Recommends: 2016 Suggested Reading List

NCADP Recommends: 2016 Suggested Reading List

We have compiled a list of valuable books for your reading list that discuss capital punishment, the criminal justice system, and social reform. 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

#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

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

#90mStrong Monday: “I work to end the death penalty, in memory of my father.”

#90mStrong Monday: “I work to end the death penalty, in memory of my father.”

I knew long ago that even if my father's murderer was found, the only thing that would provide true healing for me would be equality and justice.  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

Diann Rust-Tierney on Culture Shocks with Barry Lynn

“When the public gets the facts and knows the alternatives, they are happy to have the death penalty become a thing of the past,” explained Rust-Tierney. In their lengthy interview, Rust-Tierney and Lynn discuss the impact of death penalty repeal in Maryland. Rust-Tierney observed that there is “no constituency for the death penalty” and the politics are changing. People are doing the right thing as they see the death penalty unraveling and they are stepping away from it.  Read More navigateright

Rachel’s Fund Resources

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty established Rachel’s Fund in the memory of Rachel King, a leading abolitionist. Rachel, through her writing and advocacy, sought to create a better understanding of the needs of families of murder victims and families of people on death row. It is Rachel’s vision of communities coming together to promote healing and to change public policy on the death penalty that our Rachel’s Fund program is intended to promote. See these materials for state affiliates. Read More navigateright