Stories From Families of Murdered Law Enforcement Officers

By aholsinger A new report from Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights collects the stories of families who have had a loved one murdered who was in law enforcement. The families discuss the pressure they faced to demand the death penalty as punishment, their efforts to prevent more violence, and their evolving views on the […]

National Conservative Ground Swell

By Marc Hyden One of our newest supporters was featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel this month! Drew Johnson is a Senior Fellow at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and the founder of the Beacon Center of Tennessee. Johnson said, “The death penalty runs a dangerously high risk of killing innocent people, siphons billions of dollars […]

NEW VOICES: A Doctor Challenges the Medical Model of U.S. Executions

By aholsinger As an anesthesiologist, Dr. Joel Zivot applied some of the same drugs in operating rooms as are used in executions in the U.S. He admired their life-saving qualities for patients, but bridled at their use in taking lives. Writing recently in USA Today, he cautioned against this “poisonous” use of medicines, saying, “States […]

New Report Shows Most of Texas No Longer Does the Death Penalty

By Emma Today the Texas Coalition to read more Via: New Report Shows Most of Texas No Longer Does the Death Penalty

We Are 90 Million Strong

The law doesn’t read “guilty until proven innocent.” Yet, since 1973, the United States has released 143 people from death row once they proved their innocence. This is a totally backwards approach, and in some cases, we are unable to act fast enough. Troy Davis, Carlos de Luna, Cameron Todd Willingham, and Gary Graham are […]

Withheld Evidence Could Risk Innocent Lives

By aholsinger In a recent op-ed in the Denver Post, Colorado defense attorney David Lane argued that examples of the state withholding important evidence in capital murder cases should be grounds for reconsidering the death penalty: “The death penalty in Colorado is a fatally flawed government program. The alternative is life with no possibility of […]

Colorado’s Journey to Realizing the Beloved Community

A bill to abolish Colorado’s death penalty failed during this past Legislative session, but Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CADP) has come back strong, teaming up with a diverse and powerful group of community partners. Together they will engage Coloradans throughout the state in dialogue about why abolishing the death penalty will make […]

Ten Death Penalty Stories from 2013 Not to Have Missed

In 2013, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and our many allies and supporters in the death penalty abolition movement celebrated triumphs and learned from our setbacks. This list of important stories from 2013 emphasizes the successes but provides critical reminders of the challenges we still need to overcome. Maryland Repeals Death Penalty […]

Farewell, Tata

This article was originally published in the Huffington Post on December 12, 2013 I learned of Nelson Mandela’s passing, Tata, or father, as he is called in South Africa, from an emergency text on my phone: “Use caution when driving near the South African Embassy — there will be mourners gathering in the area.” It […]

Supreme Court Rules on Kansas Mental Health Case

By aholsinger In a unanimous decision on Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s ruling that had overturned the death sentence of Kansas inmate Scott Cheever. Cheever claimed that his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination had been violated because he was forced to undergo a mental health exam after claiming he was intoxicated […]