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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  

Arkansas prepares to execute 8 men in 11 days: Justice, or an ‘assembly line of death’?

April 3, 2017 Patricia Washington sees a simple calculus: If you take someone’s life, you better be prepared to lose your own. The death penalty is just, she believes — an unsurprising view in this rural town a short drive from the state prison that houses death row. Executions have come up a lot lately in conversations at Washington’s work, a tiny eatery tucked into an Exxon service station off Highway 65.  Learn More

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.

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

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.  

Dayton Rogers Sentenced to Death

Oregonians to pay millions more for an execution date that will never arrive
Opinion By Frank Thompson - Retired Superintendent, Oregon State Penitentiary

Oregonian: Kate Brown's death penalty review slowly moves from back burner

September 19, 2015 SALEM — Eight days after taking office, Gov. Kate Brown said she would convene a small group of advisers to help her puzzle through one of Oregon's most contentious issues: the death penalty.

Gov. John Kitzhaber stopped executions in Oregon four years ago, citing concerns about injustice as a death row inmate sought to speed his execution. Brown, thrust into office after Kitzhaber quit last February, decided to keep his moratorium while she sought answers.

Now, seven months later, her office acknowledges she's just getting started.

Jury decides in favor of death penalty for Robert Langley

A 12-person jury unanimously ruled in favor of the death penalty Wednesday in the case of a man originally convicted of murder in 1989. Robert Langley, 54, listened as Marion County Circuit Judge Mary James read the jury's response to whether he deserved the death penalty for the torture-murder of Anne Gray. In December 1987, Langley bound and strangled Gray. He buried her body in a muddy hole behind a North Salem house where his aunt once lived. Four months later, Langley used a baseball bat to bludgeon to death Larry Rockenbrant in a garage on state hospital grounds. A prosecutor later told a jury that Langley and Rockenbrant knew each other and that Langley had told him about Gray's murder. Langley then killed Rockenbrant to keep him silent.

 

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