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.

14 October 2014 ~ Comments Off

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Stays Execution of Larry Hatten

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed the execution of Larry Hatten, which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.  According to the Associated Press and reposted by KVUE, the court issued Hatten “a reprieve to resolve a 1997 filing with his trial court in Nueces County. The judges said Monday [...]

08 October 2014 ~ Comments Off

Manuel Velez, who once faced execution, is now a free man

Today, October 8, 2014, Manuel Velez – who once faced execution by the State of Texas – was released from prison in Huntsville. He will be reunited with his family in Brownsville, including his two sons, who are now 11 and 15 years old. His freedom is a momentous outcome in a case that has [...]

06 October 2014 ~ Comments Off

Texas schedules final executions of the year

In the October 2014 edition of our e-newsletter, you’ll find information about the final executions scheduled to take place in Texas this year, as well as recent death penalty developments and upcoming events.

26 September 2014 ~ Comments Off

U.S. Supreme Court Must Prevent Execution of Scott Panetti

Attorneys for Scott Panetti, a man with severe mental illness who has spent nearly 20 years on death row in Texas, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider once again whether he is incompetent to be executed.

25 September 2014 ~ Comments Off

Today is National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

Today, September 25th, marks the annual observance of National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. This day honors the memory of homicide victims and acknowledges the resulting long-term trauma for their families, communities, and the nation.

22 September 2014 ~ Comments Off

Death row exonoree Anthony Graves and murder victim survivor Jan Brown to visit College Station

Two individuals with firsthand experience with the Texas death penalty system will visit College Station this week as part of a special event hosted by St. Mary’s Catholic Center.  “Personal encounters with the Texas death penalty: The true stories of death row exonoree Anthony Graves and murder victim survivor Jan Brown” will take place on Thursday, September [...]

17 September 2014 ~ Comments Off

State of Texas Executes Lisa Coleman

The State of Texas executed Lisa Coleman this evening, September 17, 2014, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected her request for a stay.  She was convicted a decade ago in Tarrant County in the starvation death of 9-year-old Davontae Williams. The boy’s mother, Marcella Williams, took a plea deal to avoid the death penalty and is [...]

16 September 2014 ~ Comments Off

Federal court rejects appeal of Lisa Coleman

*Update as of 5:15 PM on September 17, 2014*  The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of Lisa Coleman, allowing her execution to proceed.  Read more from the Washington Post: The State of Texas is scheduled to execute Lisa Ann Coleman on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Coleman was convicted a decade ago in Tarrant [...]