On this day in 1982…

Thirty-one years ago today, the State of Texas officially resumed executions, putting Charlie Brooks to death for the 1976 murder of David Gregory. That was also the nation’s first execution by lethal injection, a new method concocted by a legislator and former chief medical examiner in Oklahoma. Reverend Carroll Pickett, who served as the chaplain at […]

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Thirty Years Ago Today…

Thirty years ago today, December 7, 1982, the State of Texas officially resumed executions, putting Charlie Brooks to death for the 1976 murder of David Gregory.  That was also the nation’s first execution by lethal injection, a new method concocted by a legislator and former chief medical examiner in Oklahoma. Reverend Carroll Pickett, who served […]

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February Alert: Stay of Execution, Legislative Action Opportunity and More!

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Action Opportunity: Contact Your State Legislators!
Yesterday, January 31, 2012, staff and members of TCADP hand-delivered a copy of the 2011 annual report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2011: The Year in Review, to every member of the Texas Legislature. Through this activity, our wonderful team of volunteers had a chance to speak with legislative staff members about their concerns about the death penalty and share information that demonstrates that Texas is moving away from its use.

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Dallas: Panel Discussion with Anthony Graves, Clarence Brandley and Rev. Carroll Pickett

Death Penalty in Texas 2012Panel Discussion with Exonerees Anthony Graves and Clarence Brandley and the Rev. Carroll Pickett, former death house chaplain Thursday, February 2 Southern Methodist University 306 Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium, 7:00-9:00pm Sponsored by Embrey Human Rights Program, 214-768-8347, Download Flier Anthony Graves spent 18 years in prison, including 12 years on the […]

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Upcoming Events in San Antonio: Film Screening, Panel Discussion, and Annual Conference

The film screening and discussion on Monday will specifically be geared to those on college campuses in San Antonio who are interested in learning about the flaws and failures of the death penalty and how they can get involved in ending this practice in Texas. A question and answer session with Anita Grabowski, Bexar County Campaign Coordinator for the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and Stephen Reeves, Legislative Counsel for the Christian Life Commission, will follow the film. The panel discussion on Tuesday will focus on the speakers’ perspectives on the death penalty and how they came to question its use. Dr. Elizondo and Mr. Reeves will share their reflections on Baptist teachings and the death penalty, including sharing the results of a study that the Christian Life Commission spearheaded about the use of the death penalty in Texas. The public is invited.

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