Please join us Thursday April 10th when Jen Marlowe, co-author of I Am Troy Davis, and Troy's sister, Kimberly Davis, visit Portland to speak about the impact Troy's struggle has had on those still fighting for justice and an end to the death penalty.
Seattle Times Editorial: Capital punishment fails the sober metrics of good public policy. Rarely used, it does not make citizens safer. It is applied inequitably, even randomly. It is much more expensive than alternatives. And it exposes the state to the risk, however small, of making a heinous mistake.
Tue, Feb 11 2014 OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee declared a moratorium on Tuesday on carrying out the death penalty in his Pacific Northwest state, citing concerns about unequal application of justice in determining who is executed. Read More
On February 11, an event called "Race Talks" will take place at the Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave. Portland 97211 at 7 PM. It will feature three OADP speakers Mark Kramer, attorney, Jan Slick, clinical social worker and jury consultant, and Frank Thompson, former Superintendent of Oregon State Prisons. Facilitated discussion about the racist administration of the death penalty in America will follow. No charge. Read More
Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty wishes to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Joy Stewart who was senselessly murdered in 1989. Any murder is a terrible crime and as a society needs to be mourned.
On October 16, 2013, fifteen leaders of Oregon’s religious communities gathered at First United Methodist Church in Portland to voice their opposition to Oregon's death penalty and present their reasons for advocating its abolition. The convocation and dinner was sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO).
In order to repeal the Oregon death penalty, it is necessary to have a favorable vote of the people. This is different from most states where the law can be changed by the legislature. Getting on a ballot can be accomplished in two ways: by an initiative (gaining enough signatures on a petition) or by legislative referral (a favorable vote in both houses of the Oregon legislature).
Capital punishment is legal in the U.S. state of Oregon. The first execution under the territorial government was in 1851. Capital punishment was made explicitly legal by statute in 1864, and executions have been carried out exclusively at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem since 1904. The death penalty was outlawed between 1914 and 1920, again between 1964 and 1978, and then again between a 1981 Oregon Supreme Court ruling and a 1984 ballot measure. Since 1904, about 60 individuals have been executed in Oregon. Aggravated murder is the only crime subject to the penalty of death under Oregon law.