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Oregon Lawmakers Mull Big Changes To Death Penalty, No Election Required

Dec. 13, 2018 Oregon lawmakers and death penalty opponents are considering a roundabout approach at gutting the state’s capital punishment law — without sending it to voters.

Since 1984, the death penalty has been enshrined in the Oregon Constitution, meaning it can only be removed by a vote of the people. But under proposals being discussed by Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, and others, the policy could be largely dismantled next year via a vote of the Legislature.

December 2018 Update Newsletter

Volume XV, No. 4 - December 2018

In this issue...

NEW DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES IN SALEM JANUARY 15TH

In the Executioner's Shadow, a film about justice, injustice, and the death penalty.

THE ESSENTIAL YEAR-END DONATION

Your help is needed to pass a death penalty repeal of the Oregon constitution.

OADP WELCOMES NEW LEADERSHIP

Lance Mayhew (chair), Dr. Lynn Strand (vice chair), and Bruce Stock (secretary).

OADP ANNUAL MEETING IN EUGENE

Hosted by Dr. Emily Plec on October 4 at the Unitarian Universalist Church.

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO IN 2019

How you can help to eliminate the Oregon death penalty in 2019.

NEW OADP ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS

Meet RaeLynn Ricarte of the Dalles and Rabbi Debra Kolodny of Portland.

A LETTER MAKES A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE

Death Row is a lonely and isolating place, a simple letter can make a difference.

STRONG SUPPORT FOR WASHINGTON'S DEATH PENALTY DECISION

Oregonians salute Washington and hope to abolish the death penalty soon.

Washington ruling on the death penalty energizes Oregon movement

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Oregon’s back and forth

Capital punishment is now legal in Oregon. It has come and gone.

The first execution under the territorial government was in 1851. Capital punishment was made explicitly legal by statute in 1864, and executions have been carried out exclusively at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem since 1904.

Washington Supreme Court Tosses Out State's Death Penalty

Oct. 11, 2018 AP Washington’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state’s death penalty Thursday, ruling that it had been used in an arbitrary and racially discriminatory manner.

Washington has had a moratorium on executions since 2014, but the ruling makes it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment by legislative act or court decree. The court converted the sentences of the eight people on Washington’s death row to life in prison.

Oregonian: In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning

To cope with his dread, John Kitzhaber opened his leather-bound journal and began to write. It was a little past 9 on the morning of Nov. 22, 2011. Gary Haugen had dropped his appeals. A Marion County judge had signed the murderer's death warrant, leaving Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, to decide Haugen's fate. The 49-year-old would soon die by lethal injection if the governor didn't intervene.  Read More  

Not in Our Name

Not in Our Name

Telling a story can be a powerful means of expressing a point of view, evoking emotions, or explaining a difficult situation. In a new publication from OADP, nine Oregonians have shared their painful stories and opened their hearts in Not in Our Name, a composite of stories shared by murder victim family members.

To download your copy of Not in Our Name, please share or donate below:

Portland Tribune: Kitzhaber: Repeal of death penalty is only one step

Monday, August 28, 2017 Former governor urges greater spending on alternatives to alleviate poverty and prevent crime; group launches 'million conversations'
Former Gov. John Kitzhaber is the most prominent voice against Oregon's death penalty, but he says repeal is a step toward a greater goal.

The Conversation

Three former Oregon State officials discuss their roles in the execution of two inmates, and share their feelings about the execution process and the use of the death penalty.

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