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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

After Exoneration, Tibbs Pursued Justice

After Exoneration, Tibbs Pursued Justice

Delbert Tibbs was sentenced to death in Florida for the murder of Terry Milroy and the rape of his companion, Cynthia Nadeau. He was innocent. Delbert Tibbs was once quoted as saying "God sent me to death row so I could be a witness." Delbert Tibbs died on November 23, 2013. He was 74. Read More navigateright

Farewell Friend

Farewell Friend

We mourn the passing of Delbert Tibbs, a death penalty abolition activist deeply committed to peace and racial justice. He died on Saturday, November 23, 2013. Read More navigateright

Once Again, Texas Fails to Keep Its Promise in Racial Bias Death Penalty Case

Once Again, Texas Fails to Keep Its Promise in Racial Bias Death Penalty Case

It should have been a simple fix. Instead, Texas has chosen to embrace a death sentence that’s the clear product of racial discrimination. Read More navigateright

Death Penalty Drug Dealings

Death Penalty Drug Dealings

For decades most death penalty states used a three-drug lethal injection protocol until the U.S. manufacturer of sodium thiopental stopped supplying it. The other producers of the drug were all in Europe where capital punishment is illegal. Under pressure from its own citizens, these companies have worked to keep their products from being used in U.S. executions. As a result, state administrators of capital punishment have gotten increasingly frustrated and desperate in their actions to gain access to drugs for executions. Read More navigateright

Alabama’s Controversial Death Penalty System Could Be Getting Worse

Alabama’s Controversial Death Penalty System Could Be Getting Worse

Alabama is one of three states (Delaware and Florida are the others) that allow judges to override a jury’s sentencing decision in capital cases and issue a death sentence despite the jury’s recommendation to the contrary. On November 18, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Mario Woodward who was sentenced by an Alabama judge to death despite an 8-4 jury vote at trial against it. According to news accounts, the jury’s decision was influenced by multiple mitigating factors, including the importance of Woodward’s relationship with his children. 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

Public’s Changing Attitudes on Capital Punishment

Public’s Changing Attitudes on Capital Punishment

In the years that followed, support for the death penalty skyrocketed, peaking in 1994 with 80 percent of the population supporting its use, according to Gallup. Now a poll confirms, what many close to this issue already believed, that support for the death penalty is on the decline -- at 60 percent -- the lowest level of support for the practice in 41 years, according to Gallup's analysis. Moreover, in polls that present more information about the death penalty to respondents, including alternatives to capital punishment, majority support for the practice vanishes. Read More navigateright

Gallup Poll: Support for the Death Penalty at 40-Year Low

Gallup Poll: Support for the Death Penalty at 40-Year Low

A recently released Gallup poll shows that support for the death penalty is the lowest that it has been in 40 years. Opposition for the death penalty stands at 35%, and 40% of respondents believe the death penalty is applied unfairly. Read More navigateright

A Tribute to a Prison Warden’s Influence on Capital Punishment Abolition

A Tribute to a Prison Warden’s Influence on Capital Punishment Abolition

Donald Cabana, a former Mississippi prison warden who presided over executions, was not the usual ally for me and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. But Donald Cabana loathed the death penalty. As I mark his passing and celebrate his life, he died this month at 67, I think about the vantage point from which he formed his opinions about capital punishment. Read More navigateright

Book Review: Exile and Embrace

Book Review: Exile and Embrace

In his book Exile and Embrace: Contemporary Religious Discourse on the Death Penalty, Anthony Santoro presents a thorough intellectual review of religious debates on the death penalty. He examines this debate in different contexts – doctrinal statements, congregational study discussions, political campaign rhetoric, and the writings of and interviews with death row chaplains. Read More navigateright

Goodbye too Soon, Dan Schoen

Goodbye too Soon, Dan Schoen

On October 15th, the death penalty movement lost a dear friend and champion, Dan Schoen. Dan, the executive director of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, was a long-time champion for death penalty repeal in Colorado.  Read More navigateright

Book Review: Grave Injustice

Book Review: Grave Injustice

Grave Injustice is a highly readable study for anybody interested in a thoughtful, but critical examination of the death penalty in modern America. Stack reveals capital punishment as a broken, largely symbolic relic at odds with the very essence of a pluralistic democracy. Gladly for the reader Stack writes very well. Read More navigateright

I Am Troy Davis Book Launch

I Am Troy Davis Book Launch

Starting on the eve of the second anniversary of Troy's execution, the Davis family and Haymarket Books will be holding a series of commemoration events and book signings in collaboration with the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Amnesty International, the NAACP, and Equal Justice USA . The events will be in New York, NY; Decatur, GA; Savannah, GA; Washington DC; Baltimore, MD; Bellingham, WA; and Seattle, WA.  Read More navigateright

Death Sentence in Case of Fort Hood Shooter Out of Step

Death Sentence in Case of Fort Hood Shooter Out of Step

I have not seen a system built yet, that can equip the most principled and dedicated of us as prosecutors, judges, jurors, or military tribunals with the god-like ability to see into the soul of another human being and without fail sort out the irredeemable, from the weak, the wicked or the wrong. Read More navigateright

The Death Row Torture of Warren Hill

The Death Row Torture of Warren Hill

Rania Khalek, a writer for The Nation, has written an article called “The Death Row Torture of Warren Hill: When a prisoner faces the execution chamber four times in one year, is it not cruel and unusual punishment?” This article helps to further expose the cruel nature of capital punishment by showing the repetitive and unsettling “stay of execution” cycle. The author explores the case of Warren Hill, a man who received four stays of execution within a few hours of his scheduled death—all in the course of a year—creating an almost permanent state of uncertainty as to whether he will live or die. Read More navigateright

Justice for Trayvon Must Include Criminal Justice Reform

Implicated in the tragedy of the death of Trayvon Martin is a state law, that like the death penalty itself, justifies the taking of another's life. Read More navigateright

Ken Frazier, CEO of Merck, speaks out against the death penalty

In this video, Kenneth C. Frazier, President and CEO of Merck, speaks at the American Law Institute's 90th Annual Meeting about his role as a death penalty lawyer and the flaws in the judicial system as it relates to capital punishment. Read More navigateright

Statement by EU on the execution of John Ferguson

Statement by EU on the execution of John Ferguson

Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the execution of John Ferguson in the US State of Florida Read More navigateright

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