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 on Recent Report Detailing Process of Clayton Lockett’s Gruesome, Inhumane Execution

Washington, D.C. – 5/13/15 -  “Today we finally have a complete picture of what took place leading up to and during the execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma one year ago. The portrait is not only gruesome and inhumane but also disturbing that officials made decisions about administering the death penalty based on politics. Until today, we might have been able to take false comfort in the idea that what happened was an unfortunate but uniquely haphazard series of events.
 
However, now we know the events were the result of a pattern of arrogance, negligence, incompetence and a lack of transparency that occurs when government is operating at its worst:
 
The death penalty is an increasingly outmoded and disfavored practice that does not enhance public safety. Here are the facts:
 
We renew the call for an immediate halt to all executions and urge all citizens of conscience and goodwill to join us in this effort.”

 

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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.