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 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 […]

02 March 2015 ~ Comments Off

TCADP March 2015 Alert: Join us at the State Capitol on Monday, March 9th

In this month’s e-newsletter from TCADP, you’ll find information about two executions scheduled to take place in March as well as updates on other death penalty cases. You’ll also find details regarding several upcoming events, including Amplify Austin (March 5-6) and our Faith Leader Advocacy Day and Press Conference on the Death Penalty (March 9). Read more!

23 February 2015 ~ Comments Off

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Stays Execution of Rodney Reed

Today the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted the execution of Rodney Reed, which was scheduled to take place on March 5th.  The court issued the stay to consider new evidence that may establish Reed’s innocence in the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites. Here’s a statement from Reed’s lawyer, Bryce Benjet, a staff attorney with the Innocence […]

18 February 2015 ~ Comments Off

Press Release: TCADP Annual Conference to Address Shifts in Death Penalty

More than 120 advocates and supporters from across Texas will gather this Saturday, February 21, 2015 at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin for the 17th annual conference of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. This event, Death Penalty Fault Lines: A Seismic Shift in Ground, will feature workshops, a keynote address, and a panel discussion about the current cracks in the death penalty system in Texas.