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Washington state governor declares death penalty moratorium

Tue, Feb 11 2014 OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee declared a moratorium on Tuesday on carrying out the death penalty in his Pacific Northwest state, citing concerns about unequal application of justice in determining who is executed. Read More

Death-row inmate Gary Haugen loses legal bid to force his own execution

Oregon death-row inmate Gary Haugen
Oregon death-row inmate Gary Haugen's legal quest to force his own execution ended Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider his case.

Press Release: Ohio Execution Goes Badly

Ohio Execution Goes Badly

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty wishes to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Joy Stewart who was senselessly murdered in 1989. Any murder is a terrible crime and as a society needs to be mourned.

Oregon death-row prisoner joins Gary Haugen in seeking execution

Death-row prisoner Jason Van Brumwell challenging Oregon to carry out the death penalty

A second death-row prisoner, Jason Van Brumwell, is challenging Oregon to carry out the death penalty, saying he agrees with co-defendant and fellow inmate Gary Haugen that the legal system is broken and pursuing appeals is pointless.

NY Times Editorial: The Slow Demise of Capital Punishment

NY Times Editorial: The Slow Demise of Capital Punishment

In 2013, Maryland became the sixth state to end capital punishment in the last six years. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have abolished the penalty, and it is dormant in the federal system and the military. Thirty states have had no executions in the last five years.

The Death Penalty in 2013: Executions Drop Below 40 for Only Second Time since 1994

 Executions Drop Below 40 for Only Second Time since 1994

THE DEATH PENALTY IN 2013: YEAR END REPORT by The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) - With 39 executions in 2013, this year marks only the second time in nearly two decades that the United States executed less than 40 people.

Oregon Religious Leaders Voice Opposition to Death Penalty

On October 16, 2013, fifteen leaders of Oregon’s religious communities gathered at First United Methodist Church in Portland to voice their opposition to Oregon's death penalty and present their reasons for advocating its abolition. The convocation and dinner was sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO).

Huffington Post: Support For Death Penalty Falls To 40-Year Low: Poll

The Gallup Death Penalty poll surveyed between Oct 3 and Oct 6

A majority of Americans -- 60 percent -- still favor putting convicted murderers to death. In the past 20 years, the level of support has dropped gradually, from a high of 80 percent in 1994, and 69 percent as recently as 2007.

Oregon's death penalty is unjust, this former chief justice says

 Edwin J. Peterson, 39th Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court

Edwin J Peterson, former Oregon Chief Justice, states "In 1978 and 1984, along with most Oregon voters, I voted for and supported the death penalty initiative that reinstated the death penalty in Oregon. Today I don’t. Oregon’s death penalty system is dysfunctional, expensive, unworkable and unfair. Even supporters of the death penalty - I was one – should vote to end the Dickensian system we have in Oregon."

Salem Statesman Journal: Haugen verdict refocuses effort

Gary Haugen appears in Marion County Circuit Court to pursue his request to reinstate his death sentence despite a reprieve from Gov. John Kitzhaber

Now that the Oregon Supreme Court upheld his reprieve of Gary Haugen’s death sentence, Gov. John Kitzhaber and others say they can proceed with a broader but politically difficult effort to abolish Oregon’s death penalty.

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