Advocates from across Texas will gather this Saturday, February 16, 2019 at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin for the 21st annual conference of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). This event, Uniting for Justice, will feature workshops, a keynote address, and a panel discussion offering views from the front lines of the criminal justice system.
In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find information about the next scheduled execution, reflections from Judge Elsa Alcala, and updates on the 86th Texas Legislature.
Update, 1/31/2019: Last night, the State of Texas carried out the nation’s first execution of the year, putting Robert Jennings to death for the 1988 murder of Houston Police Officer Elston Howard. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeals less than an hour before his execution. Read more from the Texas Tribune.***Original post, 1/30/2019: […]
Update as of 1:30 PM: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has stopped the state’s first scheduled execution of the year, pointing to changes in bite mark science and laws regarding intellectual disability and the death penalty, per the Texas Tribune. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017 ruling in Moore v. Texas found the state of […]
In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about two executions scheduled by the State of Texas in January, as well as a recap of media coverage of our report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2018: The Year in Review.