National Coalition to

Abolish the Death Penalty

90 million Americans believe the death penalty is wrong. We mobilize them to end the death penalty state by state.
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Statement From Our Executive Director On Botched Execution Of Joseph Wood In Arizona

Washington, DC - 7/24/14 - 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.

Americans have had enough of the barbarism. Capital punishment is a brutal and brutalizing, ineffective and practice which undermines commitment to fairness and the rule of law.  The events in Arizona are yet another example of how the broken death penalty system is. It risks executing innocent people every day it’s in place. It is incapable of functioning properly.

That’s why a growing number of us—more than 90 million Americans— oppose the death penalty, a number that has grown significantly in recent years.

Tonight, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty renews our call to halt all executions, and call on everyone who’s shocked and appalled by this news to join our campaign that finally puts an end to this terrible procedure.


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.