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

About OADP

Who we are:

We are criminal justice activists joined in a concerted effort to increase the effectiveness of Oregon's response to violent interpersonal crime. Our members include victims' survivors, attorneys, religious leaders, teachers and other concerned citizens.

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) evolved out of the Oregon Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, which was organized in 1983. OADP is incorporated in the State of Oregon as a non-profit organization with the purpose of research and education on the effectiveness of the death penalty and its alternatives. We have 501(c)3 status.

We have an Education and Outreach Committee and a Correspondents Committee. We maintain a list of relevant educational materials, support research, provide speakers, find people to correspond with and visit prisoners on death row, and sponsor events with the aim of raising public awareness.

Our Goals:

OADP works towards repeal of the death penalty

OADP supports life sentence alternatives in response to aggravated murder as effective and sufficient punishment

OADP promotes research, education and discussion of issues relating to the death penalty

OADP works to promote principles of restorative justice for all those affected by murder, including victims' family members, prisoners and prisoners' families.

We oppose the Death Penalty because:

It encourages the idea that violence is an appropriate solution to social problems

It has, and will continue to result in the execution of innocent people

It is not an effective deterrent to murder

It is applied arbitrarily and disproportionately against the poor and minorities

It diverts resources from effective criminal justice policy


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