While Governor Kitzhaber is still in office, until Wednesday, he has the power to commute death row sentences, changing them to life without parole. The power is found in the Oregon Constitution, Article V - Section 14. There is a high probability the one or more death row inmate could face executions in the near future if something is not done.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2014
(SALEM, Oregon) Death sentences in Oregon declined in 2014, with only one new death sentence this year. This single sentence represents a 42% decline over the last ten years. According to the 2014 Death Penalty report, issued today by the Death Penalty Information Center, in Washington DC, nationwide, there were 72 new death sentences in 2014, a 40-year low.
Chairman Ron Steiner reviews the many accomplishments of 2014. Honing winning campaign messages through polling and focus groups will require creativity, skilled professional guidance, and your support.
On the 10th of October, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty and other abolitionists worldwide will mark the 12th World Day Against the Death Penalty by drawing attention to the special concerns faced by accused and condemned prisoners with mental health problems.
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Federal Judge in California Rules State's Death Penalty Unconstitutional: U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney holds that California's death penalty, implemented so rarely and so long after the offense, serves no penological purpose. Jeff Ellis Comments on California Decision: "California has nothing on Oregon. Our death penalty system is even worse." Women Can Get Us Over the Top: History tells us that women will again propel abolition of Oregon's death penalty--this time, for good. The September 21st Project: The International Day of Peace this year will coincide with the third anniversary of the execution of Troy Anthony Davis. Help us mark these two important events in your community. Analysis of Hall v. Florida by Prof. Charles Ogletree, Jr.: From the Washington Post, July 19, 2014, we reprint in full an op-ed foreseeing the end of the death penalty in America. Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., highlights Justice Kennedy's focus in the majority opinion on human dignity as the basis for Eighth Amendment jurisprudence, and explains why the death penalty is an affront to the human dignity both of those executed and of the society that executes them. A must-read for death penalty opponents.
A federal judge has ruled that California's death penalty system is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney handed down an order Wednesday, finding that the system is arbitrary and in violation of the Constitution's 8th Amendment.
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.