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California: The True Costs of the Death Penalty

California: The True Costs of the Death Penalty

On August 22, 2011, Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland), Chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee, convened an informational hearing on the report, "Executing the Will of the Voters? – A Roadmap to Mend or End the California Legislature’s Multi-Billion Dollar Death Penalty Debacle," published in the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review in June, 2011.

Federal Death Row: The Quiet Revolution In The Death Penalty Debate

The Quiet Revolution In The Death Penalty Debate

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. The Justice Department is reviewing its lethal injection protocols because of a shortage of a key drug. While that study is underway, authorities have backed away from setting execution dates. Over the last few years, a quiet revolution has overtaken the death penalty debate. Like many trends, this one started in the states and moved to the federal level.

Spring Fundraising Appeal

We need your support!! It is only with your financial contributions that we can put on events like our upcoming NEW DAY celebration, Sr. Helen Prejean's visit in October, and other events we are planning. We have regular printing and mailing costs to send copies of our newsletters to those who do not have e-mail and to distribute literature about the death penalty to our fellow citizens. We need to make major upgrades to our website so we can keep you better informed and attract greater on-line attention to our cause.

State sanctioned homicide? Another look at the death penalty

State sanctioned homicide? Another look at the death penalty
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.

OADP's 2010 Year-End Letter

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.

Justice John Paul Stevens' Endorsement of Death Penalty Abolition

US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

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. The links below are to Justice Stevens' New York Times book review of sociologist David Garland's The Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition, as well as two commentary pieces in response to Justice Stevens' review.

New Survey on Attitudes toward the Death Penalty

New Survey on Attitudes toward the Death Penalty

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. In death penalty states, most voters said it would make no difference in their vote if a representative supported death penalty repeal. Thirty-eight percent said that it would make no difference; 24% said they would be more likely to vote for such a representative. This 62% combined total suggests that politicians who look critically at the death penalty and support repeal might even have a slight advantage. The poll confirms that the public wants straight-talk, not "tough talk" about how lawmakers propose to keep families and communities safe from crime. It suggests that the public wants legislators who will devise policies that not only hold offenders accountable for the harm that they do, but will also provide more services and support for families of murder victims.

Oregonian Column: "Death for the Death Penalty"

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.

Death for the Death Penalty

By Leonard Pitts, Jr.

A few days ago, Anthony Graves called his mother and asked what she was cooking for dinner. She asked why he wanted to know. He said, "Because I'm coming home."

Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man?

Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man? Death by Fire on PBS' Frontline

“Death by Fire,” a very compelling documentary by PBS’ “Frontline” about wrongly convicted and executed Texas death row prisoner Cameron Todd Willingham. He was sentenced to death for killing his three children by arson, but as the program made clear once again, junk science and poor fire investigation methodology resulted in Willingham’s wrongful conviction. The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and The Innocence Project notes that evidence released in recent years, beginning before Todd Willingham was executed in 2004, lead to the “inescapable conclusion that Willingham did not set the fire for which he was executed.”

Oregonian Letter to Editor: Abolish Oregon's Death Penalty

Oregonian Letter to Editor: Abolish Oregon's Death Penalty

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. One very simple way to accomplish this goal, as well as ensure that we have a criminal justice system for all Oregonians, is to abolish Oregon's capital punishment statute.

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