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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 that killing people is wrong.

-Aberon Waugh

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.

-John Donne

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.

-Sister Helen Prejean


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Poll: Majority of Oklahomans Support Replacing Death Penalty With Life Without Parole Plus Restitution

August 8, 2016 A new survey conducted by Sooner Poll has found that while three-quarters of likely Oklahoma voters say they support the death penalty in theory, a majority (53%) support abolishing capital punishment and replacing it with a sentence of life without parole, plus restitution to victims' families. Among every political affiliation, more supported the plan to replace the death penalty than favored keeping it, with a majority of Democrats (58%) and independents (57%) supporting abolition and a 48%-41% plurality of Republicans favoring replacing the death penalty.

June 2016 Update Newsletter

Volume XIII, No. 2 - June 2016

In this issue...

2016 OADP Annual Meeting Moves Back to Portland

Following meetings in Salem, Eugene and Keizer, the OADP annual meeting returns to the Rose City.

2016 Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr.

The current leader of the MVFR, Dr. Sullivan speaks on topics of spirituality, social-justice, anti-racism and interracial partnerships.

2016 Sister Helen Prejean Award goes to Oregon State Senator Chip Shields

Shields' "smart on crime" mindset has provided an example for others who join in the effort to repeal the death penalty.

Introduction by First Awardees Kathy and Clarence Pugh

The 2016 Sister Helen Prejean Award will be presented by the first awardees, Kathy and Clarence Pugh.

Meet the OADP Board of Directors

A dedicated group of volunteers who devote time, energy, expertise, and resources sharing the long and hard journey to achieve our mission to repeal the Oregon death penalty.

Drugs in the Death Penalty News

Three DPIC articles that focus on different aspects and legal implications of lethal injection drugs.

Death Row Chaplain Dale Recinella Speaks at Willamette University

Death Row Chaplain Dale Recinella visited Oregon in March of 2016, making presentation in several cities, including in Salem at Willamette University. 

If what you see and hear make you feel very uncomfortable about the American death penalty, it may be time for you to do something about it. Join with Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty as we move toward repeal of the death penalty in Oregon.

March 2016 Update Newsletter

Volume XIII, No. 1 - March 2016

In this issue...


Death row chaplain and author Dale Recinella speaks on his vast expertise on what the Bible scriptures say about the death penalty.


A murder victim family member's plea for support.


A poem from the brother of a murder victim.


Oregon Abolitionist Events in March and April.


Is a majority on the Supreme Court possible in favor of total abolition?


Kirk Bloodsworth, the first death row DNA exoneree to visit Oregon this spring.

DPIC Releases Year End Report: Historic Declines in Use of Death Penalty in 2015

December 16, 2015On December 16, DPIC released its annual report on the latest developments in capital punishment, "The Death Penalty in 2015: Year End Report." The death penalty declined by virtually every measure in 2015. 28 people were executed, the fewest since 1991. Death sentences dropped 33% from last year's historic low, with 49 people being sentenced to death this year. There have now been fewer death sentences imposed in the last decade than in the decade before the U.S. Supreme Court declared existing death penalty laws unconstitutional in 1972.

OADP Supports Taxpayer coalition effort to replace California death penalty

    Oregonians for Alternatives supports and applauds the announcement by California Taxpayers for Sentencing Reform that it is launch a signature campaign for a November 2016 ballot initiative to end the state’s dysfunctional and costly death penalty system. The coalition that includes conservatives, liberals, law enforcement, religious leaders, and victims’ families made the announcement on Dec. 14th.

Gallup Poll: Support for Death Penalty Declines 2%, Opposition Reaches Highest Level in 43 Years

Support for the death penalty in the United States dropped by two percentage points over the last year and opposition rose to its highest levels since before the Supreme Court declared existing death penalty statutes unconstitutional in 1972, according to the 2015 annual Gallup Poll on the death penalty. Gallup reports that 61% of Americans say they favor the death penalty, down from 63% last year and near the 40-year low of 60% support recorded in 2013. Support was 19 points below the 80% who told Gallup in 1994 that they supported capital punishment.

Oregonian: Kate Brown's death penalty review slowly moves from back burner

September 19, 2015 SALEM — Eight days after taking office, Gov. Kate Brown said she would convene a small group of advisers to help her puzzle through one of Oregon's most contentious issues: the death penalty.

Gov. John Kitzhaber stopped executions in Oregon four years ago, citing concerns about injustice as a death row inmate sought to speed his execution. Brown, thrust into office after Kitzhaber quit last February, decided to keep his moratorium while she sought answers.

Now, seven months later, her office acknowledges she's just getting started.


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