Russ Feingold

It's just really tragic that after all the horrors of the last 1,000 years, we can't leave behind something as primitive as government sponsored execution.

-Russ Feingold

Aberon Waugh

The main objection to killing people as a punishment...is that killing people is wrong.

-Aberon Waugh

Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun

From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.

-Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun

John Donne

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.

-John Donne

Helen Prejean

Government... can't be trusted to control its own bureaucrats or collect taxes equitably or fill a pothole, much less decide which of it's citizens to kill.

-Sister Helen Prejean

OADP Statement on Judge Alexander’s Decision on Haugen Execution

Oregon State Senior Judge Timothy P. Alexander

Aug. 5, 2012

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) is expressing disappointment with the decision of State Senior Judge Timothy P. Alexander in the latest round of Gary Haugen hearings. We feel that the Governor is totally within his right to declare a moratorium on executions. And, we believe that this decision will be overturned upon appeal.

As an organization OADP opposes any and all executions. The organization advocates for use of alternatives to the death penalty, such as life without the possibility of parole as a means of keeping the public safe and dealing with those convicted of aggravated murder.

As a public policy, the death penalty fails on the basis that money is spent with the expectation that some good will be derived by the citizens of the State. There is no public good derived from an execution. The death penalty is a “failed public policy” and should be voted out by the people.

When the Governor declared the moratorium on executions he also called for a “long overdue debate on the death penalty” and urged the legislature and the people to fix it. The only possible fix of the death penalty is to eliminate it. OADP is eager to promote the debate that the Governor called for. When all the facts are known, it becomes difficult to defend the death penalty system in Oregon.

Ron Steiner, Board Chair
Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
(503) 990-7060 www.oadp.org

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