Monthly Archives: December 11, 2008

Map of Executions in the U.S in 2008

Texas performed 18 of 37 executions carried out in the U.S. in 2008. That was 48.6 percent. Ohio, which carried out two executions, was the only state outside the South to impose the death penalty in 2008. 95 percent of all 2008 executions were in the South. Nine of the eighteen people executed in Texas…read more

Death penalty abolished in Togo

The Togolese government has announced the abolition of death penalty, the state radio reported. The decision to scrap death penalty in the West African nation was announced at the end of the cabinet meeting held here Wednesday evening. “The choice by the country to set up a healthy judiciary limiting miscarriages of justice, correcting, educating…read more

A Terrible Loss

Dear Friends, There was a murder in Houston on Saturday night. It was the sister of death row activist and a founder of PURE, Harvery Tee Earvin. Also murdered was his sister’s god child. His family will bury Savannah, as she was called, on this Saturday at 11am. Please keep Tee in your thoughts. If…read more

CONGRATULATIONS to Andrea Riccardi of Sant'Egidio

All of us know how much San’Egidio has done for the abolition movement and so I was really happy to read that Andrea Riccardi will receive this award. The Karlspreis (or Charlemagne Award in English) is one of the most prestigious European Awards. The sponsors of the award promote that the Charlemagne Prize is not…read more

Photo of Greg Wright 15 Minutes After Execution

This photo of Greg Wright 15 minutes after his execution on Oct 30, 2008 in Texas is from Bente Hjortshoj. She is standing on the left. She wrote this caption to the photo: “The first time we touched you Greg…you were still warm…you looked at peace…as though you were just sleeping and would wake up…read more

DA Craig Watkins selected as Governing Magazine's Public Official of the Year

Most district attorneys make a name for themselves by winning convictions. Craig Watkins has done it by reversing convictions that never should have happened. Every year since 1994, Governing has honored individual state and local government officials for outstanding accomplishment by naming them Public Officials of the Year. Elected, appointed and career officials from any…read more

Holiday Card Signing for Death Row on Tuesday!

HOLIDAY CARD SIGNING FOR TEXAS DEATH ROW Tuesday, December 2, from 6-10:00 PM at S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, 3815 Live Oak at Alabama in Houston’s Third Ward Join in some holiday cheer and help sign cards for the 370 women and men on death row in Texas, as well as the juveniles taken off death row…read more