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UN Vote on the Death penalty: Global abolition closer than ever as record number of countries vote to end executions

17 December 2018  After a record number of UN member states today supported at the final vote a key UN General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty, Amnesty International’s Death Penalty Expert Chiara Sangiorgio said:  “The fact that more countries than ever before have voted to end executions shows that global abolition of the death penalty is becoming an inevitable reality. A death penalty-free world is closer than ever.

2018 Marked the Fourth Consecutive Year with Fewer than 30 Executions and Less than 50 Death Sentences

(Washington, D.C.) With 25 executions and 42 death sentences expected this year, the use of the death penalty remained near historic lows in 2018, according to a report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC). 2018 marked the fourth consecutive year with fewer than 30 executions and 50 death sentences, reflecting a long-term decline of capital punishment across the United States.

Opinion: America Is In The Middle Of A Death Penalty Crisis

Oregon uses lethal injection as its method of execution. Although Oregon has not executed anyone recently, the death penalty is still in its constitution and the need to obtain lethal drugs may be an issue. In the article "America Is In The Middle Of A Death Penalty Crisis" by Hannah Riley, communications manager at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta addresses this issue in her recent article in the Huffington Post. 

Catechism revision adds impetus in death penalty abolition fight

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Changes in law and public opinion have had their role to play in the quest to end capital punishment in the United States, but Catholic teaching also has played a part, according to Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center.

Oregon Lawmakers Mull Big Changes To Death Penalty, No Election Required

Dec. 13, 2018 Oregon lawmakers and death penalty opponents are considering a roundabout approach at gutting the state’s capital punishment law — without sending it to voters.

Since 1984, the death penalty has been enshrined in the Oregon Constitution, meaning it can only be removed by a vote of the people. But under proposals being discussed by Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, and others, the policy could be largely dismantled next year via a vote of the Legislature.

December 2018 Update Newsletter

Volume XV, No. 4 - December 2018

In this issue...

NEW DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES IN SALEM JANUARY 15TH

In the Executioner's Shadow, a film about justice, injustice, and the death penalty.

THE ESSENTIAL YEAR-END DONATION

Your help is needed to pass a death penalty repeal of the Oregon constitution.

OADP WELCOMES NEW LEADERSHIP

Lance Mayhew (chair), Dr. Lynn Strand (vice chair), and Bruce Stock (secretary).

OADP ANNUAL MEETING IN EUGENE

Hosted by Dr. Emily Plec on October 4 at the Unitarian Universalist Church.

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO IN 2019

How you can help to eliminate the Oregon death penalty in 2019.

NEW OADP ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS

Meet RaeLynn Ricarte of the Dalles and Rabbi Debra Kolodny of Portland.

A LETTER MAKES A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE

Death Row is a lonely and isolating place, a simple letter can make a difference.

STRONG SUPPORT FOR WASHINGTON'S DEATH PENALTY DECISION

Oregonians salute Washington and hope to abolish the death penalty soon.

Washington ruling on the death penalty energizes Oregon movement

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Oregon’s back and forth

Capital punishment is now legal in Oregon. It has come and gone.

The first execution under the territorial government was in 1851. Capital punishment was made explicitly legal by statute in 1864, and executions have been carried out exclusively at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem since 1904.

Washington Supreme Court Tosses Out State's Death Penalty

Oct. 11, 2018 AP Washington’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state’s death penalty Thursday, ruling that it had been used in an arbitrary and racially discriminatory manner.

Washington has had a moratorium on executions since 2014, but the ruling makes it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment by legislative act or court decree. The court converted the sentences of the eight people on Washington’s death row to life in prison.

Oregonian: In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning

To cope with his dread, John Kitzhaber opened his leather-bound journal and began to write. It was a little past 9 on the morning of Nov. 22, 2011. Gary Haugen had dropped his appeals. A Marion County judge had signed the murderer's death warrant, leaving Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, to decide Haugen's fate. The 49-year-old would soon die by lethal injection if the governor didn't intervene.  Read More  

Not in Our Name

Not in Our Name

Telling a story can be a powerful means of expressing a point of view, evoking emotions, or explaining a difficult situation. In a new publication from OADP, nine Oregonians have shared their painful stories and opened their hearts in Not in Our Name, a composite of stories shared by murder victim family members.

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