Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Oregon has lost a tireless peace activist and abolitionist with the passing of Ron Steiner, long time member of the board. A remembrance article written by Tim Buckley, producer and colleague of Ron's is available here along with details about his memorial service.

Ron Steiner's surviving spouse has requested donations be made in his honor so please feel free to fill in the amount that makes sense for you.

OADP is a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status. We are criminal justice activists joined in a concerted effort to increase the effectiveness of Oregon’s response to violent interpersonal crime. Our members include victims’ survivors, attorneys, religious leaders, teachers and other concerned citizens. To help us end capital punishment in Oregon, please make a generous donation today.

Let's Talk About the Death Penalty

From the lynching of Alonzo Tucker in 1902 through inmates on death row today, we believe the death penalty is the least effective treatment. OADP supports the redirection of the millions of dollars wasted each year pursuing the death penalty to victims’ support and proven violence prevention programs.

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In this Ted Talk from Portland, Oregon we hear from Taylor Stewart, speaking about the lynching of Alonzo Tucker in Coos Bay, Oregon, which took place in 1902 and still remains significant today in terms of the death penalty.

Taylor StewartAlonzo Tucker lynched 1902
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This 19-year old student from Oregon State University, Jane Kitts, speaks of the murder of her aunt when her aunt was the same age she is at the time this video was filmed, and Jane offers her views and insights on the death penalty.

Jane KittsFamily member murdered at 18
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At a public meeting of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty in Beaverton, John Kitzhaber said he should’ve placed a moratorium on it earlier.
John KitzhaberFormer Oregon Governor

Support for OADP

OADP is supported by numerous individuals and organizations who stand for alternatives to the death penalty. We thank you for your support in helping us to continue our progress in getting the death penalty repealed in Oregon.

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What Oregonians are saying about the death penalty.

“The Sikhs of Oregon believe that equality is violated when we practice the death penalty. Sikhism believes in peaceful living, forgiveness and reconciliation. We believe that conflict can be resolved by talking to a person.”

Sukhsimranjit Singh
Professor of Law, Willamette University

“Depriving a person of the possibility of reconciliation with God and humanity is what happens when the death penalty is applied. We want the death penalty to be abolished, it has no place in our justice system.”

Rev. Rachel Ringenberg-Miller
Pastor of Community Life, Portland Mennonite Church

“As momentum builds across the country to end capital punishment, bishops and other church leaders are joining coalitions, testifying before legislators and publicly demonstrating their opposition to the death penalty.”

Rt. Reverend Michael J. Hanley Bishop
Episcopal Diocese of Oregon

“Killing the criminal only reveals our weakness, we surrender, we don't know what to do anymore. We give up, that is a cry of despair when you have to kill people. True justice must have compassion and understanding.”

Arthur Davis
Order of Inter-Being, Buddhist Tradition

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Become a Sustaining Member by contributing a monthly amount. Show your solidarity with OADP by displaying your name on our Supporters page.

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Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) evolved out of the Oregon Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, which was organized in 1983. OADP is incorporated in the State of Oregon as a non-profit organization with the purpose of research and education on the effectiveness of the death penalty and its alternatives.
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