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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.

-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.

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Death penalty repeal bill introduced in Washington state

  January 16, 2017 OLYMPIA, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Monday announced a proposal to abolish the death penalty in Washington state.  Inslee imposed a moratorium on capital punishment in 2014, but repeal bills introduced since that time have stalled in the Legislature. Ferguson said that he hoped with the attorney general's office officially requesting legislation, it would help elevate the conversation among lawmakers.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson calls for death penalty repeal

On Monday, January 16th, Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson will call for legislation to end the state’s death penalty. He, along with former Washington A.G. Rob McKenna, will ascend the state Capitol steps in Olympia to ask  the members of the legislature to turn the current death penalty moratorium into a permanent change in the law. Repeal of the death penalty makes permanent in Washington would add to a growing discontent with the death penalty, by repealing the law as a failed public policy.

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 33% 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.

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

OADP joins the call for commutation of death row.

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.
OADP opposes the execution of any individual. To that end, OADP urges Governor Brown to exercise her clemency powers in the best interest of all Oregonians and commute all current death sentences.
OADP Board of Directors
PO Box 2765 Salem, OR 97308

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

Sentenced to Death For Life: Part II

Paul Demuniz

Oregon’s Costly and Penologically Ineffective Death Penalty Law
The second essay by Paul J. De Muniz and Lee N. Gilgan in this article series.
If you missed the first article you can read it here.

NY Times: What I Learned From Executing Two Men

On 9/15/2016, Frank Thompson, the retired Superintendent of the Oregon State Prison and OADP board member, who oversaw the last executions in Oregon, wrote the following op-ed in the NY Times:   http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/opinion/sunday/what-i-learned-from-exe... Frank, a fellow member of the board for Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP), has testified ha throughout the country supporting the abolition of the death penalty.  

Sentenced to Death For Life

Paul J. De Muniz speaks about his essay, Sentenced to Death for Life

Oregon’s Costly and Penologically Ineffective Death Penalty Law

An essay by Paul J. De Muniz and Lee N. Gilgan

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