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TCADP May 2021 Newsletter: Updates on cases, legislation, and the next scheduled execution in Texas

In this edition: Scheduled executions: Have you signed the petition in support of clemency for Quintin Jones? Case updates: Courts recommend new trials for two individuals and overturn death sentences in two other Texas capital cases, including for the longest-serving individual on death row In case you missed it: Texas Department of Criminal Justice will allow clergy in […]

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TCADP April 2021 Newsletter: As Virginia abolishes the death penalty, Texas schedules executions

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information on the next execution scheduled by the State of Texas, as well as a new report on exonerations nationwide in 2020. Save the date for our next webinar and book group discussion.

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TCADP March 2021 Newsletter: Abolition comes to the South!

This edition of our monthly newsletter includes case updates on Ramiro Ibarra, Raymond Riles, and James Broadnax as well as an update on death row exonerations as detailed in a new report from the Death Penalty Information Center. We also hail the Commonwealth of Virginia for becoming the first Southern state to abolish the death penalty.

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Special Report: The Innocence Epidemic by the Death Penalty Information Center finds three more Texas death row exonerations

The Death Penalty Information Center’s (DPIC) new Special Report: The Innocence Epidemic provides in-depth analysis regarding the facts of wrongful convictions in capital cases. With the release of this report last month, DPIC has added 11 individuals to its list of individuals exonerated from death row. Of the 187 exonerations nationwide, 16 involve cases in Texas. The report also updates a key death penalty stat: for every eight people executed in the United States, one individual sentenced to death is exonerated.

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TCADP 2021 Annual Conference to take place online this Saturday, February 27, 2021

Civil rights advocates, journalists, and capital attorneys will address the TCADP 2021 Annual Conference, which is taking place online this Saturday, February 27, 2021. The virtual event will honor three capital defense attorneys for their zealous representation of individuals on death row in Texas and features a panel discussion, keynote address, and workshops.

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TCADP February 2021 Newsletter: Case updates, legislative developments, and upcoming events

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information on legislative developments around the country, case updates related to intellectual disability and junk science, and guidance on how you can take action to stop the scheduled execution of Edward Busby. You’ll also find announcements related to our next webinar and book group meeting and the TCADP 2021 Annual Conference later this month.

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TCADP January 2021 Newsletter: Executions set to resume in Texas, federally this month

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information on three federal executions scheduled for next week, as well as an execution set in Texas on January 21. Also, Anthony Graves reflects on 10 years of freedom since his exoneration and Alfred Dewayne Brown finally will be compensated by the State of Texas for his wrongful incarceration and decade on death row.

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New report from TCADP: Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly curtailed use of the death penalty in Texas this year, resulting in a record-low number of new death sentences and the state’s fewest executions since 1996, according to a new report from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Texas and federal courts continue to confront the state’s arbitrary application of capital punishment and deeply flawed practices, particularly in assessing intellectual disability evidence. Read Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2020: The Year in Review.