Thirty-one years ago today, the State of Texas officially resumed executions, putting Charlie Brooks to death for the 1976 murder of David Gregory. That was also the nation’s first execution by lethal injection, a new method concocted by a legislator and former chief medical examiner in Oklahoma. Reverend Carroll Pickett, who served as the chaplain at […]
Thirty years ago today, December 7, 1982, the State of Texas officially resumed executions, putting Charlie Brooks to death for the 1976 murder of David Gregory. That was also the nation’s first execution by lethal injection, a new method concocted by a legislator and former chief medical examiner in Oklahoma. Reverend Carroll Pickett, who served […]
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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.
Death Penalty in Texas 2012Panel Discussion with Exonerees Anthony Graves and Clarence Brandley and the Rev. Carroll Pickett, former death house chaplain Thursday, February 2 Southern Methodist University 306 Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium, 7:00-9:00pm Sponsored by Embrey Human Rights Program, 214-768-8347, Download Flier Anthony Graves spent 18 years in prison, including 12 years on the […]
The film screening and discussion on Monday will specifically be geared to those on college campuses in San Antonio who are interested in learning about the flaws and failures of the death penalty and how they can get involved in ending this practice in Texas. A question and answer session with Anita Grabowski, Bexar County Campaign Coordinator for the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and Stephen Reeves, Legislative Counsel for the Christian Life Commission, will follow the film. The panel discussion on Tuesday will focus on the speakers’ perspectives on the death penalty and how they came to question its use. Dr. Elizondo and Mr. Reeves will share their reflections on Baptist teachings and the death penalty, including sharing the results of a study that the Christian Life Commission spearheaded about the use of the death penalty in Texas. The public is invited.
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.
More than 120 anti-death penalty advocates from across Texas will gather this Saturday, February 19, 2011 in Austin for the annual conference of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). This event, “Seizing the Momentum – Advancing Statewide Vision through Local Action,” will feature workshops and a panel discussion on the impact of the death penalty on Texas counties. TCADP also will honor Anthony Graves, his family, and his legal team with its annual Courage Award, in recognition of their tenacity, faith, and dignity throughout the ordeal of his wrongful conviction and incarceration. Read the entire press release.
December 7, marked the anniversary of the resumption of executions in Texas in 1982. Since that day, the State of Texas has carried out 464 executions, accounting for more than a third of all executions nationwide. Yet as TCADP Board Member Rick Halperin recently told the Houston Chronicle, the Texas of 2010 is “vastly different” […]