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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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Recent Developments in Hank Skinner’s Request for DNA Testing

Hank Skinner faces execution on November 9, 2011 despite the fact that key pieces of DNA evidence that were collected from the crime scene in 1993 have never been tested.  In fact, the State of Texas has refused to conduct testing of this evidence for the past 10 years.  On Monday, October 24, 2011, his […]

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June Alert: Executions, News and Events

Catch up on the Texas Legislature, currently scheduled executions, special events in El Paso and San Antonio and more!

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Texas 82nd Regular Legislative Session Ends, with Mixed Results

Thank you for contacting your State Representatives and Senators during the 82nd Texas Regular Legislative Session, which concluded on May 30, 2011.   It is clear from our conversations with dozens of legislative offices that TCADP members generated an unprecedented number of calls and emails this year to express their opposition to the death penalty. […]

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Texas Legislative Updates

Yesterday, the Texas Senate gave final approval to legislation that requires police departments to adopt written guidelines for how they conduct eyewitness identification procedures.    Mistaken eyewitness identification is the leading cause of wrongful conviction nationwide and was a  factor in 38 of the 45 Texas exonerations based on DNA testing. This bill has already […]

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Texas House Bill 819 to Receive Hearing

On Tuesday, March 29, 2011 the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill (HB) 819, which calls for the repeal of the death penalty in Texas. The hearing will take place at the State Capitol in the John H. Reagan Building (JHR) 120 and is likely to convene at 1:00 PM. TCADP has arranged for an exceptional line-up of witnesses to testify in support of the bill.