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Follow up to Feb. 26 House Judiciary Hearing: Thank you!

Thank you to all of the people who attended the Committee on Judiciary hearing on Wednesday (Feb. 26) on House Joint Resolution 1, to repeal the death penalty. In addition to a long list of witnesses, speaking in support of repeal, the hearing room was filled to the allowable capacity and folks were directed to not one, but two overflow rooms to watch the proceedings on television monitors.

Kitzhaber Urges Death Penalty Vote, Legislative Leaders Lukewarm

Kitzhaber Urges Death Penalty Vote

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is urging state lawmakers to send voters a measure to ban capital punishment. But in a meeting with reporters Tuesday, legislative leaders showed little enthusiasm for taking up the hot button issue.

The Death Penalty in Oregon Takes a Sharp Downward Turn in 2012

Kitzhaber declared a moratorium on executions in Oregon

Oregon’s death row is shrinking. Since Governor Kitzhaber declared his moratorium on executions, no new death sentences have been imposed and five death sentences have been overturned.

Urban League of Portland Speaks Out on Criminal Justice

Urban League of Portland

The Urban League of Portland has joined forces with scores of other Oregon organizations, advocating for the replacement of the death penalty with life without parole.

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.

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