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Russ Feingold

It's just really tragic that after all the horrors of the last 1,000 years, we can't leave behind something as primitive as government sponsored execution.

-Russ Feingold

Aberon Waugh

The main objection to killing people as a punishment...is that killing people is wrong.

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Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun

From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.

-Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun

John Donne

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.

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Helen Prejean

Government... can't be trusted to control its own bureaucrats or collect taxes equitably or fill a pothole, much less decide which of it's citizens to kill.

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Speak Out!

Speak Out in Solidarity About Criminal Justice and opposition to the Death Penalty

Friday May 19th

First Congregation UCC Church, 4515 SE West Hills Rd., Corvallis, OR 97333
6PM Delicious Soup Supper, catered by New Morning Bakery
7PM Program and Open Discussion
Keynote Speaker: Tom O’Connor, former Oregon Department of Corrections executive and president of Transforming Corrections international consultants.

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Speak Out - Friday, May 19th

Date: 

Friday, May 19, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

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First Congregation UCC Church
4515 SE West Hills Rd.
97333 Corvallis , OR

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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Stop 8 executions in 10 Days

Arkansas has scheduled 8 executions to take place in 10 days beginning April 17th. Arkansas hasn't had an execution in 12 years, so why the sudden rush? Simple: their lethal injection drugs are about to expire.

Arkansas has exactly eight doses left of a crucial drug used to perform lethal injections that expire at the end of April. So the governor scheduled eight executions packed into a ten day period — with two executions per day — as if the justice system was a conveyor belt.

March 2017 Update Newsletter

Volume XIV, No. 1 - March 2017

In this issue...

The Conversation

Thursday, March 16 at the Willamette University School of Law.

How the West Could Be Won

Washington, Colorado and Utah in serious discussions about repeal.

Women... Take the Lead

Be a community leader, speak up, push back, offer reasonable alternatives.

Women in Legislature

About 24.4% of U.S. Legislators are women.

Life on Death Row

The mind-numbing isolation death row inmates must endure is wrong.

In Memorial

Remembering Judith Havas, a long-time member of the OADP Advisory Council.

Enhanced Outreach

Two new volunteer members join the OADP Outreach team.

Recent Developments from DPIC

Current news from the Death Penalty Information Center.

May 19th: “Speak Out Corvallis” focuses on criminal justice and the death penalty

Tom O’Connor, PhD, and CEO of Transforming Corrections, International Consultant, and former executive with the Oregon Department, will be the keynote speaker on May 19th, in Corvallis. The “Speak Out” event is sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. It will be held on Friday May 19th, at the First Congregational UCC Church. Dinner, followed by the keynote speech and an open forum discussion will be included in the evening’s program.

Arkansas’ hurried execution plan sparks concern for prison staff

  The last time a U.S. state tried to execute two inmates on the same day, a poorly secured intravenous tube popped out, lethal injection chemicals sprayed in the death chamber and staff said the pressure of dual executions exposed flaws in the protocol.   That scenario in 2014 in Oklahoma, where executions are now on hold, has not stopped Arkansas from pursuing an unprecedented plan to put eight inmates to death in back-to-back lethal injections on four days this month.  Learn More  

Arkansas prepares to execute 8 men in 11 days: Justice, or an ‘assembly line of death’?

April 3, 2017 Patricia Washington sees a simple calculus: If you take someone’s life, you better be prepared to lose your own. The death penalty is just, she believes — an unsurprising view in this rural town a short drive from the state prison that houses death row. Executions have come up a lot lately in conversations at Washington’s work, a tiny eatery tucked into an Exxon service station off Highway 65.  Learn More

Cost to keep death penalty merits debate in Oregon: Oregonian Editorial

Five years ago, former Gov. John Kitzhaber made an announcement that was as bold as it was surprising: His voice shaking with emotion, Kitzhaber declared that he would not allow any executions to take place as long as he was governor.  Learn More

December 2016 Update Newsletter

Volume XIII, No. 4 - December 2016

In this issue...

Thank You OADP Supporters

Our outreach that drives the educational efforts of the organization.

A "Bad Day" for Abolitionists

Three death penalty abolition ballot measures defeated.

Reasons to Repeal the Oregon Death Penalty

Four definitive reasons to oppose the Oregon death penalty.

In Grateful and Loving Memory

David McNeil provided sage counsel and insightful leadership to OADP.

Polling of the Oregon Legislators

Call, email, write or visit your representative and senator.

Harvard Law Professors/Scholars: Supreme Court Action

Learn more about the administration of the death penalty in this country.

Gov. John Kitzhaber Joins OADP’s Advisory Council

His passion and commitment are welcomed by the OADP board of directors.

The Oregon Death Penalty... Its Cost and Ineffectiveness

Essay by former Chief Justice Paul J. DeMuniz and criminologist Lee N. Gilgan.

A Ray of Hope After the Election

Death penalty abolition news from around the country in this election period.

Volunteers Needed

OADP is looking for social media and graphic design volunteers.

Oregon Death Penalty Cost Study Released

Cost study released by the Oregon Justice Resource Center on Nov. 16th.

Oregon Death Penalty Cost Study Released

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Oregon Justice Resource Center announced the release of the Oregon death penalty cost study today. The report reveals the significant additional cost of death sentences in Oregon versus life sentences for comparable crimes. Oregonian taxpayers are spending an average of four times/$1m more on death sentences. Learn More

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