Ron Steiner's December Letter to Supporters


December 14, 2012

Dear OADP Supporter,

It’s been just over a year since Governor Kitzhaber made national news by refusing to allow any further executions in Oregon during his term in office.  He invited Oregonians to debate the merits of the death penalty, and weighed in with his view that it is a failed public policy that should be repealed.

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