Together with local, state, and national partners, TCADP works to reduce use of the death penalty in Texas and, ultimately, end this arbitrary, irreversible, and unfair punishment. Here’s a snapshot of our impact in 2021:
Hosted the TCADP 2021 Annual Conference: Reckoning with Injustice in the Death Penalty and Beyond as a virtual event on February 27, 2021, with more than 120 participants from across Texas, other states, and abroad. During the panel discussion, keynote, and workshop sessions, our esteemed speakers addressed systemic racism in the criminal legal system as well as the inequities exposed and exacerbated by the pandemic.
Coordinated campaigns to stop executions and shed light on the humanity of individuals on death row. In May, we shared the story of Quintin (“Quin”) Jones on social media and mobilized grassroots supporters and national and local partners to urge the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Governor Abbott to grant clemency. Sadly, the pleas for mercy from those directly impacted by the crime he committed fell on deaf ears and Jones was executed on May 19, 2021. He was one of three people executed by the State of Texas in 2021.
Commissioned a public opinion poll to understand Dallas voters’ views on the death penalty. The results revealed that 75% of voters prefer alternatives to the death penalty. A majority (63%) of respondents would support a decision by the Dallas County District Attorney to forgo seeking any new death sentences.
Partnered with Witness to Innocence and EPF Media to host a panel discussion related to “The Years of Fierro” (Los Años De Fierro), a documentary film about César Fierro. Throughout his four decades on death row in Texas, Fierro, a Mexican national, maintained his innocence of the crime for which he was convicted in El Paso in 1980. After his death sentence was overturned, Fierro was paroled in 2020. Our panel on May 13, 2021 featured the filmmaker, Santiago Esteinou, attorneys Sandra Babcock and Dick Burr, and César Fierro himself. It was moderated by TCADP Board President Ana Otero and conducted in English and Spanish.