Together with local, state, and national partners, TCADP is working to reduce use of the death penalty in Texas and, ultimately, end this arbitrary, irreversible, and unfair punishment. In 2020, the State of Texas carried out its fewest executions since 1996 and juries imposed a record-low number of death sentences.
Here are examples of how we impacted the death penalty issue in 2020:
- Hosted the TCADP 2020 Annual Conference in San Antonio on February 29, 2020, with keynote speakers Wana Akpan and Rodrick Reed (family members of Rodney Reed) and a panel discussion featuring Joe A. Gonzales, the current District Attorney of Bexar County, and Sam Millsap, the former District Attorney of Bexar County.
- Cited prominently by dozens of local, state, and national media outlets in coverage of death penalty issues, including cost, declining use, reduced sentences, executions, and general trends.
- Published year-end report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2020: The Year in Review, which received widespread media coverage and has been distributed to Texas legislators, district attorneys, and community partners.
- Hosted more than a dozen virtual events, including webinars featuring experts on death penalty issues and book group discussions.
- Recruited and trained 16 veteran and new members of the TCADP Lobby Corps, a group of citizen advocates who work with our staff and Board to advocate repeal of the death penalty at the 87th Texas Legislature.
- Provided support to litigators in more than a dozen capital cases from the pre-trial level to imminent execution.
- Mobilized our members and key partners to stop executions in cases that raised troubling questions about the Texas death penalty, especially in the midst of the pandemic.
Our strategic initiatives in 2021 include advocating for change at the Texas Legislature, holding prosecutors accountable for death penalty practices, preventing new death sentences, and amplifying voices of experience. We also continue to build local leadership support in order to dismantle the death penalty, county by county.