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.

-Sister Helen Prejean

OADP's Ultimate Goals

The ultimate goals of OADP's campaign to repeal Oregon's death penalty are:

  1. To reduce violent crime in our communities, and
  2. To ameliorate the suffering of victims of violent crime.

We believe that our State's use of the death penalty, rather than advancing these goals, justifies violence and exacerbates the suffering of the victim's family and friends.

Our proposed alternative for the crime of aggravated murder, life in prison without possibility of parole, is an effective deterrent that quickly and fairly resolves the judicial process so that survivors can move ahead with the enormous task of rebuilding their shattered lives.

We advocate that the millions of tax dollars spent pursuing a few executions be redirected to programs that directly benefit homicide survivors and reduce the incidence of murder in our communities.

 

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