Mississippi Supreme Court Vacates Conviction of Michelle Byrom

On Monday, March 31, 2014, the Mississippi Supreme Court vacated the conviction of Michelle Byrom and ordered a new trial. The Order can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxR5nee8pBYQWFJLazJpcVVYWFU/edit?usp=sharing The following is a statement from Michelle Byrom’s legal team: “We are grateful to the Mississippi Supreme Court in recognizing the extreme injustice in this case and taking […]

Gap Closing between those who Support and Oppose the Death Penalty

Last week, Pew Research Center released results of a 2013 survey which indicates that support for the death penalty is shrinking. The survey breaks out different demographic groups by race, religious affiliation, gender, age and political party affiliation. While the data shows that in most cases a majority of Americans support the death penalty, what […]

Supporter Profile: Wendy Kaminer

Why do I Give to the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty? The National Coalition Against the Death Penalty is a leader in the growing movement to abolish capital punishment. It has helped repeal death penalty laws in six states and is changing public opinion nationwide about the human and financial costs of state […]

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Focuses on the Death Penalty

Just as public opinion in opposition to the death penalty in the U.S. is growing, so too do international calls for the U.S. to abandon this outdated and ineffective injustice continue. On March 25th, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of the American States (OAS) convened a public hearing on the […]

The Power of the Crowd

Susan Sarandon, a longtime friend of EJUSA, has signed on to EJUSA’s petition to end the death penalty! read more Source: Equal Justice USA

Why Does Mississippi Want to Execute Michelle Byrom?

This article originally appeared in The Atlantic on March 23, 2014, and this exceprt is re-posted here with permission. The Byrom family tragedy in Mississippi is a one-act play, with four characters, with a sadly inevitable ending. There is Edward Byrom Sr., who was murdered in his own bed on June 4, 1999. There is […]

Maryland is on the cusp of transforming how it treats families of murder victims

Last week a Maryland House committee rejected a Senate attempt to gut funding for murder victims’ families. Now, thanks to the help of people like you, the funding is restored! There are still a few more steps on the thorny path of budget negotiations. Please help clear the way. If you live in Maryland, take […]

Lost in the U.S. Senate

This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post on March 21, 2014. On March 5 the Senate voted 52-47 on a procedural matter against confirming Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division. Every Republican present and seven Democrats took the position that Mr. Adegbile, a former lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense […]

“No death penalty. No brainer.”

We are proud to announce that another prominent political leader has taken a stand against the death penalty. Lawrence W. Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education, recently stated, “Are some crimes so heinous as to be worthy of the ultimate earthly punishment? Yes. Are some who commit those crimes capable of remorse, redemption […]

Conservative Conversations with Steve “Dee” Dogiakos

Steve "Dee" Dogiakos

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of traveling to the Washington, DC-area for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Despite a rocky start to the trip (last minute flight cancellations), I had an invigorating and enlightening experience with Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty (CCADP). The Conservative Political Action Conference is an annual political […]