Submitted by David McNeil on Sat, 10/01/2011 - 10:02pm
Sr. Helen Prejean - the face of the death penalty abolition movement in America--returns to Oregon October 17-21. If you've never heard her speak, or even if you have, you won't want to miss this opportunity.
Gary Haugen, the Oregon death row inmate who has asked to waive his appeals and be executed, was found competent to do so recently by the Marion County Circuit Court. An execution date of December 6 was discussed, but no execution warrant has been issued by the court at this point. Read about OADP's response to this ruling and about our plans if an execution takes place. This article includes an important Action Request.
This past month, OADP joined with Amnesty International, the NAACP and other groups to protest the execution of Troy Anthony Davis, a Georgia death row inmate who had a compelling claim that he was innocent of the murder for which he was convicted. This article reprints the remarks of Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP, following the execution. Other articles about Troy Davis execution are available here and here on OADP's website.
Conservatives are an important part of the movement to repeal the death penalty, according to Washington Post writer E.J. Dionne, Jr.
OADP now has it's ownFacebook page! Learn how you can help us use this powerful tool to engage thousands of new supporters of repeal.
Capital punishment is legal in the U.S. state of Oregon. 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. The death penalty was outlawed between 1914 and 1920, again between 1964 and 1978, and then again between a 1981 Oregon Supreme Court ruling and a 1984 ballot measure. Since 1904, about 60 individuals have been executed in Oregon. Aggravated murder is the only crime subject to the penalty of death under Oregon law.