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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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TCADP February 2020 Alert: Get ready for the Texas 2020 Primary Election

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about the Texas 2020 Primary Election, including important District Attorney races on the ballot in several counties. We also share exciting news out of Colorado and reminders about upcoming deadlines for the TCADP 2020 Annual Conference on Leap Day in San Antonio.

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October 2019 Alert: “The Penalty” comes to Texas

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about scheduled executions in Texas, including the cases of Randy Halprin and Rodney Reed. Also, check the tour schedule to find out if the powerful documentary film “The Penalty” will be screening in your community this fall.

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Federal judge stays execution of Dexter Johnson

A federal judge has stayed the execution of Dexter Johnson, scheduled for May 2, after determining his newly-appointed lawyer needed more time to review the case and investigate any undeveloped claims.

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Alfred Dewayne Brown deemed “actually innocent”

Alfred Dewayne Brown was declared “actually innocent” today by the Harris County District Attorney’s (DA) Office.  DA Kim Ogg accepted the findings of a special prosecutor appointed by her office in May 2018 to investigate the case. Brown was released from death row in 2015 after prosecutors dismissed the charges against him.  In 2014, the Texas Court of […]

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U.S. Supreme Court finds Bobby Moore should be exempt from death penalty based on intellectual disability

Today, February 19, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a per curiam decision in the case of Moore v. Texas, finding that Bobby James Moore is intellectually disabled and should be exempt from the death penalty. Moore has been on death row in Texas since 1980. This is the second time the Supreme Court has […]

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State of Texas executes Robert Jennings

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: […]

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September 2018 Alert: “Inadmissible in all cases”

In this edition of our monthly alert, you’ll find information about back-to-back executions scheduled to take place in Texas this month, as well as details on film screenings, speakers, and candidate forums occurring throughout the state.