Washington, DC - 6/29/15 - Today, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty released this statement on the passing of death row exoneree Glenn Ford, who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit.
Said NCADP Executive Director Diann Rust-Tierney:
“As Justice Stephen Breyer stated this morning in his dissent in Glossip v. Gross, it is long past time for our nation to rid itself of the archaic practice of the death penalty, as we risk executing innocent individuals. Today, we unfortunately see the impact of that risk exemplified in Glenn Ford, who served 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. Mr. Ford passed away without having received compensation from the state of Louisiana for the many years of life lost to him, the least we owed him.
“Mr. Ford was released in March 2014 after a state district judge voided his conviction based on evidence that demonstrated he had not committed a 1983 murder. Shortly after his release, he was diagnosed with cancer, and he battled both this and his fight for compensation for the last 15 months of his life.
“We would like to offer our condolences to Mr. Ford’s family and friends and supporters through this difficult time. We pledge to continue the fight to abolish the death penalty in his honor.”
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is the nation's oldest organization dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty. We are comprised of an extensive network representing more than 100 state and national affiliate organizations and thousands of advocates and volunteers. Our members include families of murder victims, people across the political and religious spectrum, past and present law enforcement officials and prominent civil and racial justice organizations working to end the death penalty forever.
In January 2014, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty launched the 90 Million Strong Campaign to partner with and mobilize a growing number of national organizations and individuals who believe that it is time for the death penalty to end.