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Survey finds low support for death penalty among Houstonians

Earlier this week, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University released the results of its Houston Area Survey for 2020.  Now in its 39th year, the survey measures Houstonians’ views on a wide range of issues facing the region, including the death penalty. The results of the 2020 survey affirm what we’ve observed for […]

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Join us for these upcoming TCADP events in Houston!

TCADP invites all members and supporters in the Houston area to join us for upcoming events, including the next installment in our Fair & Just Lunch Series.

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TCADP Local Discussions in Houston, Collin County, and Austin November 12 and 13

If you live in Houston, Collin County or Austin, please make plans to join local TCADP members and supporters in your area! Read this blog post for details and RSVP information. Houston attendees need to order their boxed lunch by the end of the business day on Friday. See you soon!

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Today – National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

Today, we remember those who have lost their lives through violence and we remember the many loved ones they leave behind.  Parents, children, wives and husbands, friends – all who will struggle with the untimely loss. Today, September 25th, marks the  annual observance of National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.  This day honors the […]

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State of Texas Executes Jeffrey Williams

On May 15, 2015, the State of Texas put Jeffrey Williams to death for the murder of plainclothes Houston police officer Troy Blando in 1999 while being arrested for stealing a car.  The U.S. Supreme Court denied his last appeal regarding a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel.  Read more from the Associated Press, via the […]

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State of Texas Executes Preston Hughes III

On November 15, 2012, the State of Texas executed Preston Hughes III for  the 1988 murders of Shandra Charles, age 15, and Marcell Taylor, age 3, in Houston.  It was the 2nd execution carried out by the state this week and the 15th this year.  No further executions are scheduled to take place in Texas in […]

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Three Texas Executions Scheduled for November

The State of Texas is scheduled to carry out these executions in November: On November 8, 2012, Mario Swain, is scheduled to be executed for the December 2002 slaying of Lola Nixon in Longview.  The murder occurred during a break-in of her home. According to, “Swain’s lawyers contended the inmate’s confessions … improperly were […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Grants Stay of Execution to Anthony Haynes

This afternoon, October 18, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a review of the case of Anthony Haynes, who was scheduled to be put to death today for the 1998 murder of off-duty police officer Sgt. Kent Kincaid in Houston.  According to the Houston Chronicle, (“Houston cop killer Anthony Haynes granted stay of execution,” […]