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Statement on the Commutation of Four Death Sentences in Maryland

December 31, 2014

Today the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty commended Governor Martin O’Malley for his leadership commuting the death sentences of the 4 remaining prisoners on death row in Maryland.

Civil Rights, Religious, Human Rights and Pro-Liberty Groups Launch Campaign to End Death Penalty

December 9, 2014

After year of botched executions, exonerations, and evidence of racial bias in justice system, “90 Million Strong” campaign launches to activate Americans who oppose capital punishment

On Eve of Controversial Execution, Civil Rights Advocates Call on Nixon for Clemency

November 18, 2014

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Releases Letters from Professor Charles Ogletree, Barbara Arnwine, Calls for Halt to Leon Taylor’s Execution

Advocates, Faith Leaders to Governor Nixon: Don’t Execute an Intellectually Disabled Man

October 28, 2014

Today, Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, issued the following statement on Missouri’s scheduled execution of Mark Christeson.

Statement from NCADP Executive Director on October 2014 Gallup Poll

October 23, 2014

“Twenty years after Gallup polling showed a remarkable 80 percent of Americans in favor of the death penalty, the pendulum has swung back in the right direction: Today, the movement is on the side of repealing this outdated, broken practice."

Statement on Leadership Gathering of the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commission

September 25, 2014

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty welcomes the gathering of national leadership to launch the publication: Moving Away from the Death Penalty, Arguments, Trends and Perspective.

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

September 22, 2014

Sunday, September 21st, marked three years since Troy Davis was put to death by the state of Georgia. Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, issued the following statement

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

September 9, 2014

Joint Statement from Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Hip Hop Caucus, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Rev. Michael McBride, Director of Urban Strategies and LIVE FREE Campaign at PICO National Network, NAACP, National Action Network, The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and Dr. Virgil A. Wood Calling on Missouri Governor Nixon to Stop Execution of Earl Ringo Jr.

NCADP Renews Call to Halt All Executions After New Findings Ohio Prisoner Suffered

August 13, 2014

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.

Statement From Our Executive Director On Botched Execution Of Joseph Wood In Arizona

July 24, 2014

Tonight, we learned that yet another American has been put to death in a shocking and cruel way. But the worst part about Joseph Wood’s botched execution was, it was entirely predictable and avoidable. The combination of drugs used in putting Wood to death—an agonizing, two hour ordeal—has been used only once before, earlier this year in Ohio, resulting in another botched execution.

Georgia Executed Marcus Wellons

June 18, 2014

Tonight the state of Georgia executed Marcus Wellons. This was the first execution since the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma at the end of April and distinguishes the state as an outlier. Georgia courts have upheld the practice of secrecy surrounding Mr. Wellon’s executions and others. The secrecy problem has been one of a number underlying a national call for a halt to all executions.

Calling on Governor Nixon to Grant Clemency for John Winfield

June 18, 2014

The execution of John Winfield is scheduled for shortly after midnight tonight. A panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted Mr. Winfield a stay of execution, however, the state of Missouri is appealing for a decision by the full court. In addition to the appeals process, Mr. Winfield’s lawyers, along with a diverse coalition of voices, including the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, are calling on Governor Nixon to grant Mr. Winfield clemency.

Impending Double Execution in Oklahoma Reveals the True Face of the Death Penalty

April 28, 2014

Tomorrow the state of Oklahoma has set a double execution for Charles Warner and Clayton Lockett after an extended legal and political tussle around the constitutionality of the state’s lethal injection procedure that still has not been adequately resolved.

New Hampshire House Votes to Repeal the Death Penalty

March 12, 2014

Today New Hampshire set itself on the course to become the seventh state to do away with the death penalty in seven years when the House of Representatives voted 225-104 in favor of House Bill 1170. “The vote today in New Hampshire shows just how far we have come nationally in our thinking about the death penalty,” stated Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Progress Toward Abolition Notable in the U.S. on World Day Against the Death Penalty

October 10, 2013

Today the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty joins with advocates and activists from across the United States and around the globe in calling for a worldwide ban on the use of death as punishment. “We have seen enormous progress toward reducing capital cases and usage, as well as ending the death penalty during our organization’s 37-year tenure in this effort,” stated Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. “We’ve had exceptional momentum in the last few years with six states abolishing capital punishment in six years.”

LEADER IN DRUG SENTENCING REFORM JOINS FIGHT TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY

September 23, 2013

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is pleased to announce that Kara Gotsch, a 15-year veteran of campaigns to protect vulnerable prisoners and to limit extreme punishments, will join its staff as the Director of National Programs.

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Congratulates Ben Jealous on a Job Well Done

September 12, 2013

Death Penalty Repeal Stands in Maryland!

May 31, 2013

Maryland Becomes 18th State without the Death Penalty!

May 5, 2013

Delaware House Judiciary Committee to Hear Senate Bill 19

April 24, 2013

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