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.

10 February 2016

State Bar of Texas upholds disbarment of prosecutor responsible for wrongful conviction of Anthony Graves

The State Bar of Texas recently upheld its decision to disbar Charles Sebesta, the prosecutor responsible for the wrongful conviction of Anthony Graves. Graves spent 18 years in prison, including 12 years on Texas’ death row, and faced 2 execution dates as an innocent man. Since his exoneration in October 2010, he has served as a powerful advocate for criminal justice reform.

09 February 2016

TCADP 2016 Annual Conference to Address Changing Death Penalty Landscape

Advocates and supporters from across Texas will gather on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Unity of Houston for the 18th Annual Conference of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). This event, At the Epicenter of the Death Penalty, will feature workshops, a keynote address, and a panel discussion about the shifting death penalty landscape in Texas and Harris County.

02 February 2016

TCADP February 2016 Alert: Join us this month in Houston!

In this edition of our monthly e-newsletter, you’ll find updates on the TCADP 2016 Annual Conference, our new and improved fact sheet on the cost of the death penalty, and an invitation to a special event with Anthony Graves.

28 January 2016

State of Texas executes James Freeman

Last night, January 27,  the State of Texas executed James Freeman for the murder of Game Warden Justin Hurst after a police chase in 2007 in Wharton County. His 2008 trial was the first death penalty case in Wharton since 1979 and he was the first person from the county to be executed. Freeman’s lawyers argued that their […]

21 January 2016

State of Texas executes Richard Masterson

The State of Texas carried out its first execution of the year last night, putting Richard Masterson to death by lethal injection for the 2001 murder of Darin Honeycutt in Houston. According to the Texas Tribune, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court both denied last-minute requests for stays of execution.  One […]

18 January 2016

State of Texas set to carry out its first execution in 2016

This week, the State of Texas is scheduled to carry out its first execution of the year.  On Wednesday, January 20, Richard Masterson is scheduled to be put to death for the 2001 murder of Darin Honeycutt in Houston.  According to the Houston Chronicle, during his 2002 trial, Masterson told jurors that he would be a future danger. Future […]

07 January 2016

TCADP January 2016 Alert: It’s a new year for justice

In this edition of our monthly e-newsletter, you’ll find information about the TCADP 2016 Annual Conference, as well as scheduled executions and volunteer opportunities. You’ll also find links to recent articles and editorials about the demise of the death penalty.

15 December 2015

Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2015: The Year in Review

According to TCADP’s new report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2015: The Year in Review, death sentences in Texas have dropped to their lowest level on record. Texas juries rejected the death penalty in more cases than they imposed it this year.