November 22, 2011 Listening to death row inmate Gary Haugen and Gov. John Kitzhaber expound on Oregon's death penalty, it sounds almost as though all this is between them, the two-time murderer ready to accept his punishment, and the three-term governor who can't bring himself to allow another execution under his watch.
There is someone else involved here: You.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 On Tuesday, I made the decision to stop an execution from going forward. I want to share with Oregonians how and why I came to that decision.
Nov. 23, 2011 2:50 PST Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty(OADP) applauds the decision of Governor John Kitzhaber to halt the scheduled execution of Gary Haugen and his call for a full examination of the Oregon death penalty
November 8, 2011: Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, along with Oregon Capital Resource Center, Oregon ACLU and Amnesty International, have all signed a petition to Governor John Kitzhaber urging him to halt the scheduled Dec. 6th execution of Gary Haugen.
One mother was able to forgive the death-row inmate responsible for killing her daughter, becoming an advocate against the death penalty
For years, Aba Gayle "lusted for revenge" against the California death- row inmate who murdered her 19-year-old daughter.
But everything changed when she mailed the killer a letter, saying she forgave him.
October 23, 2011 Willie Cooper, convicted of strangling his brother's girlfriend to death in a Germantown apartment, was awaiting a jury's decision on whether he should be sentenced to death, when his lawyer rose to speak on his behalf. Read More
On Friday, October 21, Sr. Helen Prejean told the amazing story of her life as the moving force of the American movement to abolish the death penalty at the City Club of Portland's weekly forum. And what a story it is--from a privileged childhood in New Orleans to working in the St. Thomas housing project to accompanying six men to their deaths at the hands of the state to meeting the Pope and world leaders, writing books and talking to probably millions of ordinary Americans. She speaks with unparallelled moral authority about America's death penalty and why it must be abolished. Listen here: http://pdxcityclub.org/content/death-penalty-oregon-and-america
October 14, 2011 A new Gallup poll reports that support for the death penalty is at its lowest level since 1972. In fact, though, the decline, from a high of 80 percent in 1994 to 61 percent now, masks both Americans ’ambivalence about capital punishment and the country’s de facto abolition of the penalty in most places.
October 14, 2011 Jurors are unrecognized victims of the death penalty.
I have been debriefing jurors after difficult, traumatic trials since 1999. I've learned a lot about how jurors are affected by their service. Many of these trials involved charges of homicide or child abuse, including five death penalty cases.
September 25, 2011 For the anonymous executioners of death row, the ‘high’ of pulling the lever is often followed by a lifetime of doubt.Only a fellow executioner like 59-year-old Jerry Givens would know how crushingly hard it will continue to be for those who put Troy Davis to death last week even as he continued to insist on his innocence. Read More.