Archive | Annual Report

18 December 2012 ~ Comments Off

Year-end report from DPIC shows “capital punishment is becoming marginalized and meaningless in most of the country”

Today, December 18, 2012, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) released its year-end report, The Death Penalty in 2012.  According to the report, the number of new death sentences in 2012 was the second lowest since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.  Several states, including North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina, did not impose any new death sentences this year.

For the second year in a row, 43 executions took place in the United States – just four states (Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Arizona) accounted for more than 75% of executions in 2012.

The report notes that for the eighth consecutive year, Texas executed more inmates than it sentenced to death, “foreshadowing a decline in executions in the future.”   Texas carried out 15 executions this year; nine individuals were sentenced to death.

Read the press release from DPIC.

Read the full report.

Read coverage by CNN, which also features a video clip of  Joel Osteen, Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, discussing his views on the death penalty.

Continue Reading

03 December 2012 ~ Comments Off

December 2012 Alert: Announcing the 2013 Award Winners and Annual Conference Panelists, the Year-End Report, and More!

In This Edition:
Scheduled Executions
Announcements  – Including Conference Panelists!
Upcoming Events
In the News
Calendar

Executions

The State of Texas executed 15 people this year. Five executions already have been scheduled for 2013.

Announcements

TCADP Announces Annual Award Winners!

The TCADP Board of Directors is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2013 TCADP Annual Awards.  These individuals and organizations will be recognized at the TCADP 2013 Annual Conference – Changing the Conversation – on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.  Please make plans to join us in celebrating these extraordinary individuals and organizations!

AppreciationJC Dufresne, who played an instrumental role in the Texas Democratic Party’s decision to endorse abolition of the death penalty in its 2012 Platform.

Appreciation: Methodist Federation for Social Action-Southwest Texas Chapter, for their years of involvement and ongoing contributions to the abolition movement.

Media: Joe Bailey, Jr. and Steve Mims (pictured), Filmmakers of “Incendiary”, a documentary about the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 despite serious flaws in the forensic science used to convict him and doubts about his guilt.

Read more about the winners.

We invite individuals and organizations to place an ad in the conference program to promote your work and congratulate the award winners.  We also invite you to exhibit at the conference, or sponsor a table at the awards luncheon. Download  Exhibitor – Advertiser Form.

In addition to the annual awards luncheon, the conference will feature a plenary session on how instances of wrongful convictions and evidence of wrongful executions are changing the conversation on the death penalty. Confirmed panelists are:

  • Karen Boudrie, an award-winning journalist, news director, and public relations consultant who covered the trial of Carlos DeLuna in Corpus Christi in 1983 and was the last person to speak with him before his wrongful execution in 1989;
  • Anthony Graves, a motivational speaker and legal consultant who spent 12.5 years on death row before being exonerated in 2010; and
  • Professor James Liebman, Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law, and the lead author of Los Tocayos Carlos: An Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution

 

Pre-register for the conference today and book your hotel by February 1!  Special rates are available for TCADP members and students.

Coming Soon: TCADP’s Year-End Report – Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2012

What Texas County accounts for the most death sentences in the last five years? Who received stays of execution in 2012? What U.S. Supreme Court cases are impacting death row inmates in Texas? All of these questions will be addressed in TCADP’s forthcoming annual report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2012: The Year in Review. More details will be sent to you the week of December 10. Previous reports are available online.

Remember TCADP in Your Year-End Giving!

Check your mailboxes for TCADP’s year-end appeal, which includes reflections on another momentous year for our movement to end the death penalty. We are grateful for the contributions that so many of you have made already this year and ask for your additional support so that TCADP can continue to engage the citizens of Texas – and our elected officials – in the conversation about the death penalty. Save a stamp by making an end-of-the-year, tax-deductible donation today using our secure online system! Thank you for your support and generosity.

Complete a TCADP Member Survey Today!

Thank you so much for completing this survey for TCADP.  This information, which will be kept confidential, will help us better respond to the needs of our supporters and also utilize your gifts to further our mission of ending the death penalty.

The survey is online at  www.tcadp.org/member-survey/. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete. If you have any questions or comments, please be in touch with the TCADP office at 512-441-1808 or info@tcadp.org.

Upcoming Events

December 4: A  Faithful Conversation on the Death Penalty with Dallas Faith Leaders
On Tuesday, December 4 at 7 PM at Paul Quinn College in South Dallas, Dallas area faith leaders will join together for an in-depth conversation about faith and the death penalty. Learn who is coming, RSVP today for your free tickets, and download a flier for sharing and posting!

Fundraiser for The Last 40 Miles

On December 12, 2012, a group of filmmakers in Austin will premiere the trailer for their animated short, The Last 40 Miles, which follows a Texas death row inmate on his final journey from death row in Livingston to the execution chamber in Huntsville. A fundraising event will take place at the Palm Door event center, 401 Sabine St., Austin, Texas at 7 PM. For more information, go to www.40milesmovie.com.

In the News

110 Nations Endorse Abolition

On November 19, 2012, a record 110 countries voted in support of a resolution calling for the abolition of the death penalty during a committee meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. This was up from 107 votes in favor of the resolution two years ago, the last time the UN considered it. Among the 39 countries that voted in opposition to the non-binding resolution are the United States, Japan, China, Iran, India, North Korea, Syria, and Zimbabwe. Thirty-six countries abstained. Read more from the UN.

Calendar

December

1 Death Row Holiday Card Write-a-thon, SMU Dallas, 11:00-4:00, dallas@tcadp.org

4 “A Faithful Conversation on the Death Penalty with Dallas Faith Leaders” Paul Quinn College, Dallas, 7:00pm  RSVP for free tickets today!

6 TCADP Table at Dallas Peace Center Annual Peacemakers Dinner

7 30th Anniversary of the Resumption of Executions in Texas

10 International Human Rights Day

12 Release of TCADP’s Annual Report (scheduled)

17 El Paso Chapter Meeting, 7 PM, St Piux X Catholic Church, elpaso@tcadp.org

19 Dallas Religious Organizing committee 6:00pm, Chapter meeting 7:00pm, dallas@tcadp.org

January

8 83rd Session of the Texas Legislature Convenes at Noon

February

1 Last Day to Receive TCADP Annual Conference Registration Early Bird Rates; Last Day to Book Block Rate Hotel rooms for TCADP Annual Conference

 

For more information about these events or to volunteer to staff a table at an outreach event, email info@tcadp.org.

Support all of the programs and initiatives described here with a generous donation to TCADP today

TCADP is on Facebook – become a Fan today!  On Twitter, follow us!  And on LinkedIn – Join Us!

Continue Reading

08 February 2012 ~ 1 Comment

First New Death Sentence of 2012 Imposed in Tarrant County

On Friday, January 27, 2012, jurors in Tarrant County sentenced Kwame Rockwell to death for the murder of a store clerk in 2010. The defense attorneys on this case, Tim Moore and Mark Daniel, asked jurors to consider giving Rockwell a sentence of life in prison without parole as an alternative to the death penalty.  The day before the final verdict was given, Rockwell’s father had just one request for jurors, begging them to “Let him live,” and “Let God take care of this”.  Read more in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Over the past five years, 51 death sentences have been imposed by juries in Texas, but these sentences have all come from only 23 of 254 counties. Tarrant County is one of the few counties that continues to pursue the death penalty in capital murder cases. Tarrant County juries have imposed five new death sentences in the past five years.

This is the first new death sentence imposed this year in Texas, but the 71st death sentence from Tarrant County since 1976.   Last year, there were a total of eight new death sentences in Texas.

Read more about sentencing trends in TCADP’s 2011 annual report and view maps of Texas that depict sentencing information by county.

 

Continue Reading

28 December 2011 ~ Comments Off

Nationwide Drop in Death Sentences, Executions in 2011

On December 15, the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) released its annual report, The Death Penalty in 2011: Year End Report. According to the report, the number of both new death sentences and executions nationwide experienced significant declines in 2011 compared to previous years, with the number of new death sentences dropping below 100 for the first time since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

In DPIC’s official press release, the organization’s Executive Director Richard Dieter stated:

This year, the use of the death penalty continued to decline by almost every measure. Executions, death sentences, public support, the number of states with the death penalty all dropped from previous years.  Whether it’s concerns about unfairness, executing the innocent, the high costs of the death penalty, or the general feeling that the government just can’t get it right, Americans moved further away from capital punishment in 2011.

Highlights from The Death Penalty in 2011: Year End Report include these:

  • Executions have steadily decreased nationwide, with 43 in 2011 and 46 in 2010, representing a 56 percent decline since 1999, when there were 98.
  • The 2011 Gallup Poll, which annually tracks America’s abstract support for the death penalty, recorded the lowest level of support, and the highest level of opposition, in almost 40 years. Only 61% supported the death penalty, compared to 80% in 1994; 35% were opposed, compared to 16% in 1994.
  • A more in-depth CNN poll this year that gave respondents a choice between the death penalty and a sentence of life without parole for those who commit murder, 50% chose a life sentence, while 48% chose death. This echoes a 2010 DPIC poll showing that a majority of Americans favor alternatives to the death penalty.
  • Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation to repeal the death penalty, making Illinois the fourth state in four years to abandon capital punishment. A commission reported that the state had spent $100 million on assisting counties with death penalty prosecutions while the state’s deficit grew to one of the country’s largest.

Here’s some of the media coverage of the report:

National Public Radio: http://www.npr.org/2011/12/15/143736447/death-sentences-drop-to-historic-lows

The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/12/the-looming-death-of-the-death-penalty/249969/

CNN: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/15/executions-death-sentences-continue-steady-declines-in-2011/

The Wall Street Journal:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204844504577098753792115084.html

 

 

Continue Reading

21 January 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Read the TCADP Winter Newsletter

Check out the Winter TCADP newsletter which includes information on the coming annual conference in February, the TCADP legislative agenda and lobby day, recent death penalty developments, the TCADP annual report, and an interview with a murder victim family member telling their story.

Read it today!

Continue Reading

03 January 2011 ~ Comments Off

January 2011 Alert

In this alert:
Scheduled Executions
News and Events
Calendar

Scheduled Executions

January 11 : Cleve Foster   Respond to the scheduled execution by contacting the Governor, attending vigils and more.

News and Events

Houston Chronicle Calls for Abolition

The editors of the Houston Chronicle began the new year with a call to end the death penalty in Texas.  In an editorial that appeared on January 1, 2011, “It’s time for capital punishment to become Texas history,” the Chronicle cites awareness of the risk of wrongful conviction and the fact that jurors and prosecutors are imposing it less often as evidence that Texans are moving away from the death penalty.  Read more.

Please post a favorable comment online commending the editors of the Chronicle for recognizing the irreversible flaws and failures of the Texas death penalty system.  You also can help increase the popularity of other positive comments by giving them a “thumbs up.”  (Please note that you need to have an account with the Chronicle in order to post or tag comments.)  TCADP also encourages letters to the editor (250 words or less). Send as part of e-mail text to viewpoints@chron.com. Include name, address, and day and evening phone numbers for verification purposes only.

Religious Leaders Dialogue on the Death Penalty – Houston

On January 18, 2011, a panel of Houston’s religious leaders will participate in “The Dialogue of Religious Leaders on the Death Penalty” at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall in downtown Houston. This unprecedented event precedes the Houston Grand Opera’s performances of the award-winning Dead Man Walking Opera January 22- February 7, 2011.

Please join us for this special event aimed at heightening the awareness of death penalty issues in Houston and starting the conversation that moves us forward. More info and RSVP today!

TCADP 2011 Annual Conference Seizing the Momentum… Advancing Statewide Vision through Local Action

Austin – February 19, 2011, Schmidt-Jones Family Life Center, First United Methodist Church
This annual conference, which is always hosted in Austin during the legislative session, will be the best opportunity for you to receive training on how you can further the TCADP legislative agenda.  Workshops will be tailored to address the unique aspects of your legislative district!  The annual awards ceremony will take place during the luncheon to celebrate those individuals who inspired us in 2010 and over the last decade!

Download and share the conference flyer.

2011 Courage Award Winners: Anthony Graves and His Family

Advertise in the program to promote your work, congratulate the award winners, and be a sponsor of the TCADP annual conference.  Exhibitor spaces are also available. Learn more.

Registration for the 2011 TCADP Annual Conference is open. TCADP member, non-member, student, and early-bird rates available.  Prices go up after February 1, 2011!  Register today!

2011 Conference Hotel Information – Please note that hotel accommodations in Austin may be very limited due to the Austin Marathon, so early booking is highly recommended. Conference Hotel:  La Quinta Austin (Capitol Location).  Learn more and Book your room!

All of the conference information, including award winners, is available online at http://tcadp.org/what-we-do/annual-conference/

TCADP 2010 Annual Report

On December 13, 2010, TCADP released its annual report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2010: The Year in Review. The report details the significant decline in new death sentences in the last decade and  presents information on executions, reduced sentences, and stays; exonerations; legislative developments; and other issues affecting the nation’s most active death penalty state. Data from the report was featured in an editorial in the Dallas Morning News and a column in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Coverage of the report appeared in more than 85 media outlets.

Read the report at www.tcadp.org/TexasDeathPenaltyDevelopments2010.pdf.  View maps of Texas that depict death sentences by county from 1976-2010 and from 2007-2010.

TCADP will deliver a copy of the report to every legislative office on Thursday, January 27, 2011. To volunteer to help with this effort, please contact Kristin at khoule@tcadp.org.

Texas Monthly Calls for a Moratorium

The January issue of Texas Monthly (in stores now) features an update on Anthony Graves from TCADP 2011 Media Award recipient Pamela Colloff. It also includes an editorial by Michael Hall calling for a moratorium on executions.   We encourage you to write a letter to the magazine (roar@texasmonthly.com) complimenting it on both the Graves article and the editorial, and urge the editors to take the next step by endorsing full repeal of the death penalty!  You can also take out a one-year subscription to the magazine (only $12) and tell them why you are doing it when you send in your check.

TCADP is on Facebook

“Like TCADP” on Facebook today and receive daily status updates on breaking news and events.  It is an easy way to stay in touch and up to date on what is happening across the state.

Share it with your friends to help grow our movement!

Calendar

January

2 Odessa Chapter meeting – 4:00pm
11 Scheduled execution – Cleve Foster
13-16 NCADP Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, www.ncadp.org
17 El Paso Chapter meeting, 6:00pm, elpaso@tcadp.org 18 Religious Leaders Dialogue on the Death Penalty, Houston, 7:30 PM, More details and RSVP.
19 Dallas Chapter meeting – 7:00pm, dallas@tcadp.org
22 Sister Helen Prejean at St. Angela Merici Catholic church 11:00am, 9009 Sienna Ranch Road, Missouri City, TX  77459, Contact:  Karen Martin  at 281-778-0400. Public event.  All are welcome.
25 Austin Chapter meeting – 7:00pm, austin@tcadp.org
27 Delivery of TCADP Annual Report to Texas Legislators. Volunteer to help, khoule@tcadp.org
28 “At the Death House Door” Film Showing, Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest Cafeteria, Austin, 6:00pm potluck dinner, 7:00pm film and discussion
28 Last Day to Book Hotel Room for TCADP Conference and Receive Special Rate. More info.

February

1 Last Day to Receive Early-Bird Registration Rate for TCADP 2011 Annual Conference. Register Now!
15 Scheduled execution – Michael Wayne Hall
19 TCADP Annual Conference Seizing the Momentum… Advancing Statewide Vision through Local Action See you there!
22 Scheduled execution – Timothy Adams

Subscribe to TCADP to receive this alert in your email box.

Continue Reading

13 December 2010 ~ Comments Off

TCADP Annual Report: Only 2% of Texas Counties Imposed Death Sentences This Year

Today, December 13, 2010, the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) released its annual report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2010: The Year in Review. TCADP releases this annual report each December in conjunction with the anniversary of the resumption of executions in Texas in 1982.

According to the report, death sentences in Texas have dropped more than 70% since 2003, reaching a historic low in 2010. Juries condemned eight new individuals to death in Texas in 2010, the lowest number of new death sentences since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Texas’ revised death penalty statute in 1976.  These new sentences occurred in six counties: Brazos; Dallas; Harris; Nueces; Rusk; and Travis.  This represents just 2% of all Texas counties.

Recent sentencing trends illustrate the arbitrary and biased imposition of the death penalty.  An analysis of data from 2007 to 2010 reveals that only 21 counties – 8% of the 254 counties in Texas – meted out death sentences over the last four years.  Out of a total 43 death sentences imposed statewide between 2007 and 2010, Dallas County leads with seven, followed closely by Harris County, with six new sentences.   Bexar and Travis Counties each accounted for three new death sentences since 2007.  Nearly three-fourths of all death sentences in Texas over the last four years have been imposed on people of color – 40% African American, 30% Hispanic/Latino, and 2% other.

In conjunction with the report, TCADP has produced two interactive maps highlighting new death sentences by county from 2007 to 2010 and from 1976 to 2010.  Clicking on each county reveals the total number of sentences, the number executed, the number awaiting execution, and the number exonerated.  See below for links to each map.

The number of executions also dropped in 2010.  The State of Texas executed 17 people, the lowest number since 2001.  The state remains the nation’s leading executioner, accounting for approximately 37% of U.S. executions in 2010.  The number of executions in Texas this year represents a smaller percentage of the national total than it has in recent years, however.

“Texas – along with the rest of the nation – is moving away from the death penalty,” said Kristin Houlé, Executive Director of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.  “The system is broken beyond repair, and the continued decline in new death sentences shows that jurors and prosecutors in Texas are seeking other ways to address violent crime.”

Concerns about wrongful convictions and emerging evidence of wrongful executions dominated headlines this year.  On October 27, 2010 Anthony Graves walked out of the Burleson County Jail after spending 18 years in prison – including 12 years on death row – for a crime he did not commit. Prosecutors dropped all charges against Graves and declared him innocent after conducting their own investigation of the case.  His conviction was based on the testimony of Robert Carter, who was convicted and executed for the same crime in 2000 and who recanted several times, including from the gurney.  Anthony Graves is the 12th person in Texas to be wrongfully convicted and removed from death row and the 138th nationwide.

The ongoing inquiry into the case of Cameron Todd Willingham also underscored the fallibility of the system.  Willingham was executed in 2004 for setting a fire to his Corsicana home in 1991 that killed his three young daughters. The Texas Forensic Science Commission admitted “flaws” in the science used to convict him.  In January it will hold a special meeting with some of the fire experts who have examined the case since the time of conviction and concluded that there was no evidence to support the finding of arson.

In another case of “flawed” science, recent DNA testing of evidence that was used to convict and execute Claude Jones ten years ago this month revealed that the strand of hair belonged to the victim, not to Jones, as a forensic expert testified during his 1990 trial. While the DNA results do not exonerate Jones, they raise serious questions about the reliability of his conviction.

Other highlights of Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2010: The Year in Review include the following:

  • In three capital murder trials, juries rejected the death penalty and opted for a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Over the last three years, juries have rejected the death penalty in a dozen cases (two each in Travis and Bexar Counties).
  • Three inmates scheduled for execution in 2010 received last-minute stays; the execution date of another inmate was withdrawn.  On March 24, Henry “Hank” Skinner received a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court shortly after eating his “last meal.”  In October, the Court heard arguments to determine whether Skinner can seek access to post-conviction DNA testing through the federal Civil Rights Act.  Texas officials have refused to release key pieces of evidence gathered at the crime scene in 1993 for testing.
  • At least six inmates received reduced sentences in 2010 and were removed from the death row population, including several inmates whose death sentences were overturned because jurors did not hear mitigating evidence during their original trials.  Three other inmates died in custody, including Ronald Chambers, who spent 35 years on death row and was awaiting a fourth sentencing hearing related to the 1975 murder of Mike McMahan.
  • A nationwide shortage of the first drug used in the lethal injection protocol, sodium thiopental, led some states to postpone executions as their supplies dwindle or expire.  In November, officials with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice revealed that they had enough drugs on hand to execute 39 people, but that doses of sodium thiopental will expire in March 2011.
  • There currently are 317 people (307 men and 10 women) on death row in Texas.  Texas holds the third-largest death row population in the nation, after California (713) and Florida (393).

“2010 may go down in history as the ‘Year of Doubt,’ when case after case exposed the flaws and failures of the Texas death penalty and shook public faith in the criminal justice system to its core,” said Houlé.  “During this time of fiscal crisis, TCADP urges all elected officials to take a good hard look at the death penalty system and ask whether this is a good use of tax payers’ dollars when there are alternative ways to protect society and punish those who are truly guilty.”

Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2010: The Year in Review is available online at www.tcadp.org/TexasDeathPenaltyDevelopments2010.pdf .  Contact Kristin Houlé at khoule@tcadp.org to receive a copy directly via email.

See http://tcadp.org/2007-2010-new-death-sentences/ for a map of new death sentences by county from 2007 to 2010.

See http://tcadp.org/death-sentences-by-county1976-2010/ for a map of death sentences by county from 1976 to 2010.

Download a pdf version of this press release.   Obtener una copia de este anuncio.

###

Continue Reading

03 December 2010 ~ Comments Off

December 2010 Alert

In this Issue:
Scheduled Executions
TCADP 2011 Award Winners
Support TCADP
Dead Man Walking Opera – Religious Leaders Dialogue
NCADP Conference
Cities for Life
Calendar of Events

Scheduled Executions

No further executions are scheduled for 2010. The following execution is scheduled for next month:

January 11: Cleve Foster

Support TCADP efforts to Stop Executions.

TCADP 2011 Conference Award Winners

TCADP is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2011 Courage, Media, and Appreciation Awards, which will be presented at the 2011 TCADP Annual Conference on February 19, 2011 in Austin.

Courage:  Anthony Graves and his family
Media:  Pamela Colloff, Texas Monthly
Appreciation:  Jim and Sherry Coombes; Marj Loehlin; Dennis Longmire
Founder’s Award:  Reverend Carroll Pickett

Read more about the award winners.

Purchase a program ad congratulating the award winners or sign up to exhibit at the conference.

Register for the conference and book your hotel room today!

Remember TCADP in your year-end giving!

Check your mailboxes later this week for TCADP’s year-end appeal, which includes reflections on the past year and a sense of what’s on the horizon. We are grateful for the contributions that so many of you have made already this year and ask for your additional support so that TCADP can continue to build momentum for repeal. Save a stamp by making an end-of-the-year, tax-deductible donation today using our secure online system! Thank you for your support and generosity!

Dead Man Walking Opera – Religious Leaders Dialogue on the Death Penalty
On Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM, a panel of Houston’s religious leaders will participate in “The Dialogue of Religious Leaders on the Death Penalty” at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall in downtown Houston.  This unprecedented event precedes the Houston Grand Opera’s performances of the award-winning Dead Man Walking Opera from January 22- February 7, 2011.

Please join us for this special event aimed at heightening awareness of death penalty issues in Houston and starting the conversation that moves us forward.  RSVP Today!

NCADP 2011 Annual Conference
Training for the Long Run: Building Momentum for Repeal, Chicago, January 13 -16, 2011

Do the math:
One of the world’s premier abolition conference + One of the world’s premier cities =
NCADP 2011 Annual Conference in Chicago

There’s still time to register. ACT NOW! Groups of eight or more receive $45 off of each registration.

El Paso, Austin Participate in “Cities for Life”
On November 30, abolitionists in Austin and El Paso organized activities in commemoration of Cities for Life Day. The Cities for Life campaign, an annual initiative sponsored by the Community of Sant’Egidio, commemorates the first abolition of the death penalty by a European state. In 1786, Peter Leopold Joseph declared the end of the death penalty in his Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

To celebrate this historic event, more than 1,300 cities and towns around the world illuminated a well-known monument, such as the Plaza de Santa Ana in Madrid and the Colosseum in Rome, to show their support for the end of the death penalty throughout the world.

El Pasoans Against the Death Penalty lit the Franklin Mountain Star. Members of Pax Christi Austin prayed a Rosary at St. Mary Cathedral for an end to state-sponsored executions.

Calendar of Events

December

4 TCADP Dallas Chapter holiday card signing for death row inmates with Amnesty International and Students for a Better Society at SMU Dallas, dallas@tcadp.org
5 TCADP Odessa Chapter meeting, 4:00 PM, odessa@tcadp.org
7 Anniversary of the resumption of executions in Texas in 1982.
10 International Human Rights Day
13 Release of TCADP Annual Report
20 TCADP El Paso Chapter meeting, St. Pius X Catholic Church, 6:30-7:30 PM in the Juan Diego Room, elpaso@tcadp.org
31 Last day to make a year-end, tax-deductible donation to TCADP – donate today!

January

2 TCADP Odessa Chapter meeting – 4:00pm
11 Scheduled execution – Cleve Foster
13-16 NCADP Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, www.ncadp.org
17 TCADP El Paso Chapter meeting, 6:30pm, elpaso@tcadp.org
18 Religious Leaders Dialogue on the Death Penalty, Houston, 7:30 PM, More details and RSVP.

Continue Reading

Switch to our mobile site