Executions and death sentences remained near-historic lows in 2017, according to a new report from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). Texas executed only seven people in 2017, matching 2016 for the lowest number of executions in two decades, and jurors voted for death in only four cases. For the first time since 1985, Harris County was not responsible for any of this year’s executions.
In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find information about the most recent stay of execution granted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, as well as announcements related to the TCADP 2018 Annual Conference and coverage of a potential U.S. Supreme Court hearing questioning the constitutionality of the death penalty.
The TCADP Board of Directors is delighted to announce the recipients of our 2018 Awards, which will be presented during the TCADP 2018 Annual Conference on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Friendship-West Baptist Church in South Dallas. Appreciation Awards TCADP’s Appreciation Awards are bestowed upon individuals and organizations who have made significant – often selfless – contributions towards our efforts to end the […]
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has stayed the execution of Juan Castillo to review claims of false testimony. This marks the sixth case granted a stay by the CCA this year. Castillo was scheduled to be executed on December 14, 2017, for the 2003 murder and robbery of Tommy Garcia, Jr. in San Antonio. […]
Last night, November 8, 2017, the State of Texas executed Ruben Cardenas after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected several remaining appeals. Cardenas was pronounced dead at 10:26 PM after four hours of delay caused by the Supreme Court’s review. Cardenas’ execution sparked an outcry from international leaders for its violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular […]