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

Abolition

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Seattle Times Editorial: It’s time for the state to end the death penalty

Seattle Times Editorial: Capital punishment fails the sober metrics of good public policy. Rarely used, it does not make citizens safer. It is applied inequitably, even randomly. It is much more expensive than alternatives. And it exposes the state to the risk, however small, of making a heinous mistake.

New Hampshire close to Abolition

Tue. Feb. 11, 2014 New Hampshire got closer to abolition today when the House Criminal Justice and Public Works Committee voted 14-3 to pass House Bill 1170! Read More

Maryland Assembly votes to repeal death penalty

Maryland legislature voted to abolish the death penalty

The Maryland legislature voted Friday to abolish the death penalty, which would make the state the sixth in as many years to end capital punishment and add to a canon of liberal policies recently embraced by state leaders.

Bill introduced to repeal death penalty in Delaware

Bill introduced to repeal death penalty in Delaware

Some state lawmakers, religious leaders and citizens are calling for the repeal of Delaware’s death penalty. A bill, spearheaded by Senator Karen Peterson, would not only abolish the death penalty, but it would also modify existing death row sentences to life in prison without the possibility of parole. There are 17 men on Delaware’s death row in Delaware.

New Poll: North Carolina residents reject death penalty. Respondents favor life without parole and restitution

68 percent of North Carolina residents support replacing the death penalty

North Carolinians would rather have convicted killers pay restitution to their victims’ families if they spend the rest of their lives behind bars. 68 percent of North Carolina residents support replacing the death penalty with life in prison without parole, if offenders are required to work and pay restitution to the families of their victims.

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.

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.

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