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

News

DPIC 2012 Report Released: Death Sentences Near Record Low

The Death Penalty in 2012: Year End Report - Executions in 2012

Death Penalty Information Center released “The Death Penalty in 2012: Year End Report,” on December 18 reporting on developments in capital punishment in the past year. The report noted the number of new death sentences in 2012 was the second lowest since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, representing a nearly 75% decline since 1996, when there were 315 new death sentences.

Louisiana death row inmate freed after 15 years – with a little help from DNA

Barry Scheck with Damon Thibodeaux

6 December 2012 Damon Thibodeaux has been proved innocent of a crime for which Louisiana has spent 15 years trying to kill him. In his first interview since being freed, he talks to Ed Pilkington.

Oregon legislator prepares death-penalty repeal bill, as anniversary of execution moratorium approaches

Rep Mitch Greenlick during the 2012 legislative session

When Gov. John Kitzhaber declared a year ago that he would block any executions as long as he's governor, he also challenged legislators to help turn the moratorium into law. "I am calling on the Legislature to bring potential reforms before the 2013 legislative session and encourage all Oregonians to engage in the long overdue debate that this important issue deserves," he said.

California Prop 34 Vote Shows Shift

California voters rejected Proposition 34 to end the Death Penalty in California

On Nov. 6th California voters rejected Proposition 34 and an opportunity to replace their death penalty with life with no possibility of parole. In spite of the facts that the Golden State holds 22% of the nation’s death row inmates (725) and has had only 13 executions since 1967 (none since 2006) and most death row inmates die of old age, after decades of taxpayer-financed appeals, in a close vote the death penalty stays as a part of their constitution.

Oregon Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal in Haugen execution case

Oregon Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal in Haugen execution case

The state's highest court has agreed to hear Gov. John Kitzhaber's appeal of a decision that ruled his reprieve last November of death-row inmate Gary Haugen's execution was invalid.

Salem-Journal: Sister Helen Prejean speaks out against the death penalty at Willamette

Roman Catholic Sister Helen Prejean talks at Willamette University’s Cone Chapel

Roman Catholic Sister Helen Prejean tours the nation to speak against capital punishment, experiences that culminated in a Pulitzer-nominated book, “Dead Man Walking.” Tuesday night’s talk in Willamette University’s Cone Chapel marked the sister’s fourth visit to Oregon.

'Dead Man Walking' author Sr. Helen Prejean discusses death-penalty, repeal efforts

Dead Man Walking author Helen Prejean discusses death penalty

Sister Helen Prejean, anti-death penalty advocate and author of Dead Man Walking, talks about Oregon's death row and the death penalty in general. In 1982, at the suggestion of a civil rights activist, Sister Helen Prejean wrote a letter to a man on Louisiana’s death row. Her correspondence with Patrick Sonnier, convicted of the murders of two teenagers, would lead Prejean into a life of challenging the death penalty and the morality of a legal system skewed against minorities and the poor.

INNOCENCE: Louisiana Death Row Inmate Exonerated Through DNA After 15 Years

Damon Thibodeaux was freed from death row in Louisiana

On September 28, Damon Thibodeaux was freed from death row in Louisiana after an extensive investigation, including DNA testing and the cooperation of Jefferson Parrish District Attorney Paul Connick. Thibodeaux was sentenced to death for the 1996 rape and murder of his cousin. He at first confessed to the attack after a nine-hour interrogation by detectives. He recanted a few hours later and claimed his confession was coerced.

Ohio: Another release from death row

Michael Keenan released from Ohio's death row

Another deadly mistake has been uncovered and corrected. Michael Keenan was released from Ohio’s death row today, after serving 24 year of imprisonment, for a crime he did not commit. This is Ohio’s second exoneration in nine months, the seventh since 1976 when the death penalty was resumed in the United States and the 141st nationally.

Letter from OADP Advisory Council Member: Capital punishment makes us all barbarians

Dr. Hugo Bedau in oppostion to the Death Penalty

Dr. Hugo Bedau, a long-time professor of philosophy at Tufts University, died earlier this week ( New York Times , August 17, 2012, p. B14). He was
born in Portland. Professor Bedau devoted much of his career to the systematic, rigorous and socially conscious study of the death penalty and
made his scholarship relevant for legislators, other policy makers, the courts and the legal profession in general. He wrote, among many other

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