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.

16 April 2015 ~ Comments Off

State of Texas executes Manuel Garza Jr.

The State of Texas carried out its sixth execution of the year on April 15, 2015. Manuel Garza Jr., 34, was put to death for the 2001 murder of 37-year-old San Antonio SWAT Officer John “Rocky” Riojas. Garza is among the 42 individuals convicted in Bexar County who have been executed.  This puts the county, which includes […]

13 April 2015 ~ Comments Off

State of Texas executes Kent Sprouse

The State of Texas carried out its fifth execution of the year on April 9, 2015. Kent Sprouse, 42, was put to death for the 2002 murders of a 28-year-old Texas cop and a 38-year-old gas station customer.  Sprouse is one of only two executions from Ellis county. Read more about Sprouse from the Huffington Post. […]

02 April 2015 ~ Comments Off

TCADP April 2015 Alert: State of Texas prepares to carry out four executions, despite growing opposition to the death penalty

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about four executions scheduled to take place in Texas in April, as well as recent positions taken by two pharmaceutical associations that discourage their members from participating in the execution process. You’ll also find updates on our legislative advocacy efforts.

23 March 2015 ~ Comments Off

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Stays Execution of Randall Mays

One week ago the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted the execution of Randall Mays, scheduled to take place on March 18th. The court agreed with Mays’ lawyers that additional review is needed to determine if Mays is mentally competent for execution. Texas’ highest court will now give the case a deeper look before issuing […]

14 March 2015 ~ Comments Off

Death penalty trial results in life sentence

After nine hours of deliberation, a Tarrant County jury determined that mitigating factors warranted a sentence other than the death penalty for Gabriel Armandariz, who was convicted of killing his sons Luke, 6 months, and Gatlin, 2, in April 2011 in Graham, Texas.  The trial was moved from Young County to Tarrant County.  Armandariz was sentenced to Life […]

11 March 2015 ~ Comments Off

State of Texas executes Manuel Vasquez

The State of Texas carried out its fourth execution of the year tonight, putting Manuel Vasquez to death for the 1998 murder of 51-year-old Juanita Ybarra in San Antonio.  It was the 41st execution involving an individual convicted in Bexar County since 1982 and the 2nd this  year. Read more about Vasquez from the Texas Tribune. News broke […]

09 March 2015 ~ Comments Off

More than 550 Texas Faith Leaders Call for Abolition of the Death Penalty

Today at a press conference at the State Capitol, TCADP and Texas Impact gathered with faith leaders from across the state to release an Interfaith Statement of Opposition to the Death Penalty and Texas Rabbis’ and Cantors’ Statement of Opposition to the Death Penalty. More than 550 religious and spiritual leaders statewide have endorsed the Interfaith Statement; among them, the signatories represent 25 different faith traditions.

06 March 2015 ~ Comments Off

Thank you for helping us Amplify Austin!

TCADP would like to thank everyone who donated to our organization today as part of Amplify Austin.  With your support, we raised more than $5,200 in 24 hours AND won a $1,000 bonus prize for the most donors between 1:00 and 2:00 PM for the third year in a row! We are grateful to Austin […]