The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) is a statewide, grassroots membership organization working to end the death penalty in Texas. TCADP engages in outreach, education, and advocacy aimed at raising awareness of issues related to the death penalty and mobilizing the citizens of Texas - and their elected officials - to support abolition. We invite all concerned citizens to join our growing movement.

23 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

State of Texas executes Arnold Prieto

The State of Texas carried out its first execution of 2015 on Wednesday, January 21, putting Arnold Prieto to death for the 1993 robbery and murders of Rudolfo and Virginia Rodriguez and Paula Moran, a family friend, at the home of the San Antonio couple.  Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez were relatives of Prieto’s two companions that […]

21 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Texas prepares for first execution of the year

Tonight, January 21, barring any last-minute intervention, the State of Texas will carry out its first execution of 2015.  Arnold Prieto is scheduled to be put to death for the 1993 robbery and murders of Rudolfo and Virginia Rodriguez and Paula Moran, a family friend, at the home of the San Antonio couple.  Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez […]

07 January 2015 ~ Comments Off

Texas schedules 13 executions, despite dwindling drug supply

In this month’s e-newsletter from TCADP, you’ll find information about three executions scheduled to take place in January, as well as recent developments related to lethal injection challenges. You’ll also find an action to thank outgoing Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and volunteer opportunities in Texas.

18 December 2014 ~ Comments Off

Texas Executions Drop to Lowest Number Since 1996, According to New Report by TCADP

The State of Texas put 10 people to death in 2014, the fewest executions in the state since 1996, according to the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s (TCADP) new report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2014: The Year in Review. This year, new death sentences in Texas also remained near record-low levels, with 11 new death sentences coming from just 8 of the state’s 254 counties.

07 December 2014 ~ Comments Off

December 7, 1982

Thirty-two years ago today, the State of Texas officially resumed executions, putting Charlie Brooks to death for the 1976 murder of David Gregory.  That was also the nation’s first execution by lethal injection, a new method concocted by a legislator and former chief medical examiner in Oklahoma. All eyes were on Texas that day, much […]

03 December 2014 ~ Comments Off

5th Circuit Court of Appeals Stays the Execution of Scott Panetti

BREAKING: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed the execution of Scott Panetti, who had been scheduled for execution in Texas tonight at 6 p.m. CT. Below is a statement from Mr. Panetti’s legal team, Greg Wiercioch of University of Wisconsin Law School and Kathryn Kase of Texas Defender Service, followed by background about […]

01 December 2014 ~ Comments Off

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejects clemency for Scott Panetti

Breaking: This afternoon, despite widespread support from the country’s and Texas’ leading mental health organizations, dozens of conservative and Evangelical leaders, the American Bar Association and hundreds of other prominent individuals and organizations, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously voted, 7-0, to deny a commutation recommendation for Scott Panetti, a man who has suffered […]

01 December 2014 ~ Comments Off

Outpouring of support for Scott Panetti; updates on the TCADP 2015 Annual Conference; and Judge Tom Price calls for abolition

In this month’s alert from TCADP, you’ll find updates on the scheduled executions of Scott Panetti and Rodney Reed, announcements on the TCADP 2015 Annual Conference, and a call for abolition by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tom Price.