Today, Monday, April 17, 2017, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 1537, which would repeal the death penalty in Texas. The Committee has considered similar legislation sponsored by State Representative Jessica Farrar in every session since 2009.
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about the two executions scheduled to occur in Texas in March, a recap of our recent annual conference, and links to an important opinion piece on a Dallas County death penalty case and a new statement opposing capital punishment from the American Nurses Association.
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find a recap of recent death penalty developments, including commentary on the national momentum towards abolition. Save the date for our 2017 Faith Leader Advocacy Day on the Death Penalty and join us for the TCADP 2017 Annual Conference in Austin!
In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find information about the three executions scheduled to occur in Texas this month and an opportunity to take action to stop the execution of Jeff Wood, who was sentenced to death under the Texas Law of Parties. You’ll also find a preview of some exciting events we’re hosting this fall.
At their 2016 gatherings, the Rio Texas, Central Texas, and Northwest Texas Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church passed resolutions in support of abolition of the death penalty. All five United Methodist Conferences in Texas have now taken a stand on this issue.