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New poll: Three-quarters of Dallas voters prefer alternatives to the death penalty

Dallas voters strongly support alternatives to the death penalty, according to a recent poll conducted by the independent research firm Public Policy Polling.  When asked which punishment they prefer for people convicted of first-degree murder, 75% of respondents opted for a sentence of life in prison with a possibility of parole after 20 or 40 years or life […]

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State of Texas executes Quintin Jones in spite of pleas from victim’s family

Update, 8:30 PM, May 19, 2021: Tonight, the State of Texas executed Quintin (“Quin”) Jones despite the pleas for mercy from his great-aunt Mattie Long, who is the sister of the victim, Berthena Bryant, as well as an outpouring of support from people worldwide touched by Quin’s heart wrenching appeal for his own life. As the first execution to occur […]

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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 185 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 November 2020 Newsletter: Using your voice for justice

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about four scheduled executions and how you can take action. Also, Pope Francis reiterates the “inadmissibility” of the death penalty, the Governor of California addresses systemic racism, and a new documentary film about the Texas death penalty case of Melissa Lucio is now available to watch online.

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TCADP September 2020 Newsletter: Join us for an evening of forgiveness, hope, and resilience

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find information about a special virtual event on September 22 featuring Alabama death row exoneree Anthony Ray Hinton. Updates on scheduled executions and recent case developments also are available. Applications for the TCADP Lobby Corps and nominations for our annual awards are now open.

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TCADP July 2020 Newsletter: “Future dangerousness” and the Texas death penalty

In this edition  Reflections on race and “future dangerousness” in the Texas death penalty Scheduled executions: State of Texas seeks to execute Billy Joe Wardlow for a crime he committed 27 years ago at the age of 18; federal government sets four execution dates Case updates: Bobby Moore, who spent 40 years on death row, […]

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July 2019 Alert: Still arbitrary, capricious, and discriminatory

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, you’ll find updates on exonerations in Texas and nationwide, as well as a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a conviction due to egregious racial bias in the jury selection process. We also mark the anniversary of the Court’s decision, Gregg v. Georgia, which paved the way for the resumption of executions in this country.