National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Mobilizing the 90 million Americans who support abolishing the death penalty. The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is the nation's oldest organization dedicated exclusively to the abolition of the death penalty.

It leads a national movement against the death penalty fueled by a broad-based national constituency and more than 100 Affiliate organizations. We are families of murder victims, persons from all points on the political and religious spectrums, past and present law enforcement officials and prominent civil and racial justice organizations, who are working to repeal the death penalty state by state. As seasoned professionals we use our collective experience in social and criminal justice issues to provide strategic political and legal analysis and leadership to the larger anti-death penalty movement as well as hands-on direct assistance to state Affiliates working to end the death penalty.

Mission: To abolish the death penalty in the U.S. and support efforts to abolish the death penalty worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.ncadp.org/

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11/02/2020

Please make your voice heard.

10/08/2020
The Center for the Study of Democracy will welcome Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to A...
10/08/2020

The Center for the Study of Democracy will welcome Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. "The Imperative of Ending Capital Punishment to Achieve Racial Equality” a virtual event presented by the Center for the Study of Democracy will address race as the delineating marker of America's caste system and how capital punishment supports and sustains that caste system that oppresses us all.

October 6, 2020 from Noon to 1PM

This is a virtual event. Please register for the event at the following zoom registration link::

https://smcm.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtc-2vqTwpHNDhtvFuoyE-6ms1oQ986VFa

There is no charge or registration required. ALL ARE WELCOME!

07/18/2020
Another unsigned opinion issued in the dead of night by the Supreme Court. Do we not recognize the moment? Enough killin...
07/16/2020
Wesley Ira Purkey's execution in Terre Haute can proceed after Supreme Court decision

Another unsigned opinion issued in the dead of night by the Supreme Court.

Do we not recognize the moment?
Enough killing.
#AbolishTheDeathPenalty

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2020/07/15/wesley-ira-purkey-execution-federal-execution-indiana/5441742002/

Wesley Ira Purkey, 68, was convicted of killing a 16-year-old girl and an 80-year-old woman. But his attorneys say he is too mentally ill to execute.

A judge blocked what would have been the first federal execution in 17 years after a petition from the victim's family a...
07/11/2020
Judge blocks first federal execution in 17 years after victims' family raises concerns over virus

A judge blocked what would have been the first federal execution in 17 years after a petition from the victim's family asked the court to consider their risk to COVID-19 by traveling to attend the execution. Daniel Lee execution stayed.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/daniel-lewis-lee-judge-blocks-federal-execution-victims-family-raises-coronavirus-concerns/

Daniel Lewis Lee, a former white supremacist who robbed and murdered a family of three, including their 8-year-old daughter, was scheduled to be executed on Monday.

Please sign and sharehttps://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-federal-executions?fbclid=IwAR3VeIcyqxlN9JC3PH21Q9Wk...
07/10/2020
Stop Federal Executions | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

Please sign and share

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-federal-executions?fbclid=IwAR3VeIcyqxlN9JC3PH21Q9WkUXdFa-fj4vKI0e63UZ2kx_fLRO6IAjHcBSs

Over the last 56 years, there have only been three federal executions (the last one was in 2003). To resume federal executions once again is an affront to the progress our nation has made in eliminating the death penalty state-by-state, in-line with international human rights standards. U.S. Attorne...

#NoFederalExecutions
07/10/2020

#NoFederalExecutions

TODAY! The State of Texas plans to execute Billy Wardlow. His execution would be the first in Texas to proceed during as...
07/08/2020

TODAY! The State of Texas plans to execute Billy Wardlow. His execution would be the first in Texas to proceed during as the coronavirus pandemic rages across the state. Call
Texas Governor Greg Abbott at (512) 463-2000 & tell him to STOP the Execution of Billy Wardlow.

#SaveBillyWardlow

"The timing of three execution dates set for next week and a fourth in August exposes the way capital punishment is bein...
07/08/2020
Flashpoint: Trump is playing politics with the death penalty

"The timing of three execution dates set for next week and a fourth in August exposes the way capital punishment is being used purely as a political tool rather than for legitimate penological purposes. It also creates a far greater public health threat to the people of Terre Haute because of COVID-19."

https://www.tribstar.com/opinion/flashpoint/flashpoint-trump-is-playing-politics-with-the-death-penalty/article_cdab851c-bfd4-11ea-ba68-47c8be824451.html?fbclid=IwAR0oWiIp4wgP5AliyxlOOhVh1A-CYnHpJKFTbWxY5jP31bcJcnMqSFgUEsQ

President Trump’s political strategists are once again abusing the power of the Administration to score points with their base while highlighting a distinction between the president and his democratic challenger.

Take action TODAY!Yesterday the US Supreme Court failed to act, which may mean the first federal executions in 17 years,...
06/30/2020
Stop Federal Executions - Death Penalty Action

Take action TODAY!

Yesterday the US Supreme Court failed to act, which may mean the first federal executions in 17 years, July 13, 15 & 17 in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Sign the petition to oppose federal executions.

Act to stop Trump's federal executions. Speak out against the death penalty in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Please help stop the execution of Billy Wardlow. Sign & share The Death Penalty Action petition calling on Texas governo...
06/22/2020
Stop the Execution of Billy Wardlow in Texas

Please help stop the execution of Billy Wardlow. Sign & share The Death Penalty Action petition calling on Texas governor Greg Abbott to STOP the execution of Billy Wardlow.

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stop-the-execution-of-billy-wardlow-in-texas?source=twitter&

Billy Wardlow is scheduled for execution in Texas on July 8 for the 1993 robbery and murder of 82-year-old Carl Cole. Texas' aggressive execution schedule marks it as an outlier in its use of the death penalty while the majority of other states are on a downward trend of executions. In 2019, Texas a...

Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty along with Death Penalty Action, Voices of Experience on the Death Pen...
05/19/2020

Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty along with Death Penalty Action, Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty, Journey of Hope, Red Letter Christians, the Missouri State Conference of the NAACP, Catholic Bishops and other religious and civic leaders from across the country invite you to join together online for moments of prayer and reflection for all victims of capital punishment, and to hold a vigil for Walter “Arkie” Barton should the execution move forward.

Join us on Tuesday, May 19th at 5PM CENTRAL TIME live on www.facebook.com/madpmo

And please continue calling upon Governor Parson to grant clemency and issue a Board of Inquiry for Walter Barton: 573-751-3222

In the Executioner's Shadow co-producers Rick Stack and Maggie Burnette Stogner remember Jerry Givens.Jerry spoke philos...
04/20/2020

In the Executioner's Shadow co-producers Rick Stack and Maggie Burnette Stogner remember Jerry Givens.

Jerry spoke philosophically of how we all live under a sentence of death, but unlike condemned prisoners we don’t know when our time will be up. He spoke of life as divided into 24-hour chunks. And as the title of his book, Another Day is Not Promised, makes clear, we never know if the next 24-hour chunk will be our last. Make the most of each day was Jerry’s message."

Read more of the tribute to Jerry Givens: http://www.ncadp.org/blog/entry/jerry-givens-rest-in-peace-rest-in-power-by-rick-stack-and-maggie-burnette

Death Penalty Abolitionist and former Virginia Executioner, Jerry Givens, passed away from CoronaVirus. He was 62 years ...
04/15/2020

Death Penalty Abolitionist and former Virginia Executioner, Jerry Givens, passed away from CoronaVirus. He was 62 years old. NCADP was honored to have Jerry speak at many of our screenings of "In the Executioner's Shadow."

We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

An appeals court sided with the Trump administration Tuesday in its effort to resume executions of federal death row pri...
04/07/2020
Trump Gets Win in Executions Case, but More Litigation Ahead

An appeals court sided with the Trump administration Tuesday in its effort to resume executions of federal death row prisoners but sent a legal challenge by inmates back to a lower court for further review. The decision leaves unresolved for now whether, and if so when, executions might resume.

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/04/07/us/politics/ap-us-federal-death-penalty.html

An appeals court sided with the Trump administration Tuesday in its effort to resume executions of federal death row prisoners but sent a legal challenge by inmates back to a lower court for further review. The decision leaves unresolved for now whether, and if so when, executions might resume.

‪Why Jails Are So Important in the Fight Against Coronavirus‬‪With about 200,000 people flowing into and out of jails ev...
04/01/2020
Why Jails Are So Important in the Fight Against Coronavirus

‪Why Jails Are So Important in the Fight Against Coronavirus‬

‪With about 200,000 people flowing into and out of jails every week, there are great risks not only for the detained, but also for jail workers and surrounding communities.‬

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/03/31/why-jails-are-so-important-in-the-fight-against-coronavirus‬

With about 200,000 people flowing into and out of jails every week, there are great risks not only for the detained, but also for jail workers and surrounding communities.

400 former Justice Department employees urge President Trump to take steps to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in federal ...
03/30/2020
An explosion of coronavirus cases cripples a federal prison in Louisiana

400 former Justice Department employees urge President Trump to take steps to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in federal prisons, including release of elderly inmates with plans for a quarantine period & re-entry. First federal inmate dies in Louisiana.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/an-explosion-of-coronavirus-cases-cripples-a-federal-prison-in-louisiana/2020/03/29/75a465c0-71d5-11ea-85cb-8670579b863d_story.html

Dozens of staff and inmates test positive for covid-19 at the Oakdale prison. One prisoner has died — the first federal inmate fatality from the coronavirus.

Colorado just officially became the 22nd state to abolish the death penalty. Gov. Polis signed the repeal bill into law ...
03/23/2020
Colorado Death Penalty Abolished, Polis Commutes Sentences Of Death Row Inmates

Colorado just officially became the 22nd state to abolish the death penalty. Gov. Polis signed the repeal bill into law and commuted all remaining death sentences to life without parole.

https://www.cpr.org/2020/03/23/polis-signs-death-penalty-repeal-commutes-sentences-of-death-row-inmates/

The governor said the commutations "are consistent with the recognition that the death penalty cannot be, and never has been, administered equitably in the State of Colorado."

The Justice Collaboration created this Response & Resources page to share essential information, proposed policies, and ...
03/18/2020
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response & Resources - The Justice Collaborative

The Justice Collaboration created this Response & Resources page to share essential information, proposed policies, and other resources for all of us confront this COVID-19 pandemic with a recognition of our shared vulnerability.

https://thejusticecollaborative.com/covid19/

The emergence of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, is causing great concern due to its rapid spread and high death rates, particularly among vulnerable populations. This concern is justified, and urgent action at all levels of …

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed Wednesday's planned execution of John Hummel for 60 days, citing the "cur...
03/17/2020

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed Wednesday's planned execution of John Hummel for 60 days, citing the "current health crisis and enormous resources needed to address that emergency."

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Gregory Joseph, communications director for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, condemned Trump’s comments about the case on Twitter and accused the president of “politicizing” the issue and making it more difficult for justice to be served. https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/08/03/second-trial-would-be-heartbreaking-for-boston-marathon-victims-us-attorney-mulls-appeal/
Eight years after the Aurora theatre shooting, the question remains: What was there to gain from killing a schizophrenic? Especially given that the psychiatrist was incompetent.
YAY! Now let's try not to kill them with the virus (actually, if you're on Death Row, you're safer than most prisoners!).
un peu de soleil dans l'eau froide....
My friend Carlos Santana (October 10, 1952-March 23, 1993). His last words were "Love is the answer, not hatred. I will see you in the State of Heaven." I miss you, brother!
A faire et partager / To be done and shared. A model letter in English is provided at the end of the French / Un modèle de lettre en anglais est proposé. https://www.facebook.com/notes/agir-contre-la-peine-de-mort/texas-demander-de-commuer-la-peine-de-mort-de-tracy-beatty/2662122000674308/ Merci / Thank you.