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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stays execution of Randall Mays

On May 7, 2020, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) granted a stay of execution to Randall Mays and remanded his intellectual disability claim to the trial court for a review on the merits. Mays was set to be put to death on May 13, 2020. It was the third execution date he has […]

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TCADP December 2019 Alert: Announcing the TCADP 2020 Award Recipients, Panelists, and Keynote Speakers

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about the final scheduled execution in Texas in 2019 and how you can support clemency for Travis Runnels. We also share exciting details about the TCADP 2020 Annual Conference, including our panelists, keynote speakers, and award recipients.

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New report: Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2018: The Year in Review

Death sentences remained near historic low levels in Texas in 2018, yet the state’s capital punishment system is still plagued by racial bias, geographical disparities, and fundamental unfairness, according to a new report from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). The number of death sentences and executions in 2018 was consistent with lower use of the death penalty in Texas over the last 10 years. New death sentences remained in the single digits for the ninth time in ten years, with Texas juries condemning seven individuals to death. All seven men sentenced to death in Texas in 2018 are people of color.

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December 2018 Alert: Honoring courage and commitment

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, we announce the recipients of our 2019 Appreciation, Courage, Media, and Founder’s Awards, which will presented at the TCADP 2019 Annual Conference in February in Austin. You’ll also find information about a death row exoneration in Florida and calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to act – again – in the Texas death penalty case of Bobby Moore.

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One execution stayed, another execution date withdrawn

Late in the day on Friday, October 5, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) stayed the execution of Juan Segundo based on a claim of intellectual disability.  He was scheduled to be put to death on Wednesday, October 10 for the rape and murder of 11-year-old Vanessa Villa in 1986 in Fort Worth. According to […]

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals refuses to exempt Bobby Moore from the death penalty

Despite a groundswell of support from a broad coalition, as well as an acknowledgment of Bobby Moore’s intellectual disability by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled last week that Moore should not be exempt from the death penalty.

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halts execution of Steven Long

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has stayed the execution of Steven Long to allow for further review of Long’s claims of intellectual disability. This marks the fourth case granted a stay by the CCA this year. Long was scheduled to be executed on August 30, 2017, for the assault and murder of 11-year-old Kaitlyn […]

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Death sentences reduced to life due to intellectual disabilities

Two men have been removed from death row in Texas in recent weeks based on evidence of their intellectual disabilities. The commutations stem from the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Moore v. Texas, which requires the state to use current medical standards in assessing intellectual disabilities.