August 16, 2011 There are 58 people on federal death row in Terre Haute, Ind. But for now none appears likely to face the ultimate punishment, at least not on President Obama's watch. Learn More.
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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.
Ron Steiner, OADP Board Chair, Aba Gayle, OADP Board member, and Gus Lamm, all members of Murder Victims for Reconciliation, were interviewed on KBOO radio on January 26, 2011 about the death penalty and whether violence is an appropriate solution to social problems. http://kboo.fm/node/26375
Click "Read More" to read OADP's 2010 year-end letter, hear why we MUST end the death penalty in Oregon, and learn how you can help.
Death penalty abolition is a growing movement in the United States. Former US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is the most recent former high court member to speak out publicly against the death penalty.
November 16, 2010
The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) has just released the results of its comprehensive study on Americans' opinions about the death penalty. Lake Research Partners of Washington, D.C. conducted the study. A few of the highlights of this study are:
The following column appeared in the Oregonian on November 8, 2010. It tells the story of Anthony Graves, a Texas capital inmate who was recently exonerated from death row. An investigation concluded that there was no evidence that tied him to the crime. He is the 138th former death row inmate to be released.
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty sent out the following message last night, after the first showing of the new PBS Frontline documentary "Death by Fire", which looks into the case surrounding the arson-capital murders for which Cameron Todd Willingham was convicted and executed, even though there is no conclusive evidence indicating that the fire was arson.
Regarding "Hard choices: Oregon's money crisis" (Sept. 29): In a time of extreme budget crisis within the state of Oregon and the country as a whole, simple ways to reduce budgetary deficits while continuing to provide the citizenry with necessary social services at an adequate level seem all the more important.