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.
Submitted by OADPEditor on Mon, 04/10/2017 - 5:25am
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.
Submitted by OADPEditor on Thu, 04/06/2017 - 7:37am
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
Submitted by OADPEditor on Thu, 04/06/2017 - 7:22am
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
Submitted by OADPEditor on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 5:41am
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
Submitted by OADPEditor on Fri, 11/18/2016 - 2:21pm
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
Capital punishment is legal in the U.S. state of Oregon. 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. The death penalty was outlawed between 1914 and 1920, again between 1964 and 1978, and then again between a 1981 Oregon Supreme Court ruling and a 1984 ballot measure. Since 1904, about 60 individuals have been executed in Oregon. Aggravated murder is the only crime subject to the penalty of death under Oregon law.
The current method of execution in Oregon is lethal injection.
The mission of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) is to repeal the death penalty in Oregon as an essential step toward a more cost-effective, humane and restorative response to violent crime, and thus toward safer, more peaceful and just communities.