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TCADP March 2022 Newsletter: Today is election day in the Texas Primary!

In this edition Scheduled executions: Texas set to resume executions next week after five-month hiatus 2022 Texas Primary Election: Important District Attorney races are on the ballot in Dallas, Tarrant and Bexar counties, among others In case you missed it: District Attorneys nationwide, including three in Texas, pledge to effectively end the death penalty TCADP 2022 Annual Conference: Thank […]

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TCADP February Newsletter: Get ready for the Texas 2022 Primary Election!

In this edition Scheduled executions: Take action to stop the execution of Melissa Lucio TCADP 2022 Annual Conference: Join us on February 26, 2022 for a day of information and inspiration Texas 2022 Primary Election: Early voting begins February 14, 2022 with important District Attorney races on the ballot in Dallas and Tarrant counties In case […]

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TCADP February 2020 Alert: Get ready for the Texas 2020 Primary Election

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about the Texas 2020 Primary Election, including important District Attorney races on the ballot in several counties. We also share exciting news out of Colorado and reminders about upcoming deadlines for the TCADP 2020 Annual Conference on Leap Day in San Antonio.

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2016 Election Debrief

On November 8, 2016, voters did more than just elect a new president. They voted for district attorneys, sheriffs, criminal justice reform legislation, and, in three states, the death penalty. In Nebraska, 59.6% of voters chose to repeal the abolition law passed in 2015. Oklahoma’s State Question 776 passed, protecting the death penalty through the […]

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Dallas Morning News Editorial: Living without the death penalty in Texas

A new editorial from the Dallas Morning News addresses declining use of the death penalty in Texas and features excerpts from an interview with former District Attorney Tim Cole, who advocates for abolition of the death penalty.

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Texas Monthly: Trials and Errors

The June issue of Texas Monthly magazine features a fascinating discussion that took place recently among some of the most pivotal players in our state’s criminal justice system.  Jake Silverstein, the editor of Texas Monthly, sat down with six individuals to talk about Texas’ abysmal record of wrongful convictions and to ask these questions: Why does […]

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Court of Inquiry Ruling Postponed

On October 14, 2010, State District Judge Charlie Baird convened a court of inquiry into whether Cameron Todd Willingham was wrongfully executed and whether or not state officials committed a crime in how they handled his case prior to the execution.

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Investigation of Effect of Hired Counsel on Capital Murder Indictments in Harris County

Professor Scott Phillips published a brief with the American Constitution Society on February 23, 2010 regarding the effects of hired counsel versus court-appointed attorney’s in capital murder cases in Harris County. The report investigated the 504 adults indicted with capital murder in the country between 1992-1999. The brief compared the outcome of cases where the […]