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Washington ruling on the death penalty energizes Oregon movement

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Oregon’s back and forth

Capital punishment is now legal in Oregon. It has come and gone.

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.

Washington Supreme Court Tosses Out State's Death Penalty

Oct. 11, 2018 AP Washington’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state’s death penalty Thursday, ruling that it had been used in an arbitrary and racially discriminatory manner.

Washington has had a moratorium on executions since 2014, but the ruling makes it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment by legislative act or court decree. The court converted the sentences of the eight people on Washington’s death row to life in prison.

Oregonian: In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning

To cope with his dread, John Kitzhaber opened his leather-bound journal and began to write. It was a little past 9 on the morning of Nov. 22, 2011. Gary Haugen had dropped his appeals. A Marion County judge had signed the murderer's death warrant, leaving Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, to decide Haugen's fate. The 49-year-old would soon die by lethal injection if the governor didn't intervene.  Read More  

Feb 17th Event in Salem: The Catholic View on the Death Penalty

Catholics, people of faith, and the public in Marion and Polk counties are invited to a Simple and Delicious Soup Supper at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem on Saturday Feb 17th.

Sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP), this event will focus on Catholic teachings in regard to the American death penalty.

DPIC Year End Report: U.S. Sees Second Fewest Death Sentences and Executions in 25 Years

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Public Support for Death Penalty Drops to 45-Year Low as Four More Death-Row Prisoners Exonerated in 2017   

Not in Our Name

Not in Our Name

Telling a story can be a powerful means of expressing a point of view, evoking emotions, or explaining a difficult situation. In a new publication from OADP, nine Oregonians have shared their painful stories and opened their hearts in Not in Our Name, a composite of stories shared by murder victim family members.

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Famous American Lawyer Portrayal Coming to Salem

Gary Anderson

Clarence Darrow, famous American lawyer, known for his eloquence in defending unpopular clients and in securing reprieves for those condemned to death, will be portraited by renowned actor Gary Anderson, on November 15th at the Salem Library.

Portland Tribune: Kitzhaber: Repeal of death penalty is only one step

Monday, August 28, 2017 Former governor urges greater spending on alternatives to alleviate poverty and prevent crime; group launches 'million conversations'
Former Gov. John Kitzhaber is the most prominent voice against Oregon's death penalty, but he says repeal is a step toward a greater goal.

Stop 8 executions in 10 Days

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.

Arkansas’ hurried execution plan sparks concern for prison staff

  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  

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