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TCADP March 2021 Newsletter: Abolition comes to the South!

This edition of our monthly newsletter includes case updates on Ramiro Ibarra, Raymond Riles, and James Broadnax as well as an update on death row exonerations as detailed in a new report from the Death Penalty Information Center. We also hail the Commonwealth of Virginia for becoming the first Southern state to abolish the death penalty.

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March 2020 Alert: Another state abandons the death penalty

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about the 22nd state to abolish the death penalty, as well as updates on significant Texas death penalty cases and coverage of the TCADP 2020 Annual Conference. We also have an issued an action alert for John Hummel, who is scheduled to be executed on March 18, 2020.

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TCADP June 2019 Alert: 21 states have abandoned the death penalty

In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll learn about the most recent state to abandon the death penalty. There’s also a legislative recap and details about special events this month in Dallas and Houston.

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Pope Francis declares death penalty inadmissible in all cases

Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person.”  The Church has vowed to “work with determination for its abolition worldwide.”

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Texas Legislative Committee to consider death penalty abolition bill

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.

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Nebraska repeals the death penalty

This afternoon, Nebraska became the 19th U.S. state to abandon the death penalty.  Legislators successful overrode Governor Pete Rickett’s veto of LB 268, a bill that replaces the death penalty with life without the possibility of parole.  According to the Death Penalty Information Center, Nebraska is the first predominantly Republican state to abolish the death penalty in more […]

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Texas House Committee to Hear Death Penalty Repeal Bill

Today, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill (HB) 1527, which calls for the repeal of the death penalty in Texas. The bill is sponsored by State Representative Jessica Farrar (House District 148 – Houston).

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It’s Official: Maryland Abolishes the Death Penalty!

Moments ago, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law a bill that repeals the death penalty.  Maryland is now the  18th death penalty-free state.   According to the Baltimore Sun, the death penalty had been on the books in Maryland for more than 300 years. Congratulations to our colleagues in Maryland and everyone who worked […]