We are Students Against the Death Penalty – Join us!

Students Against the Death Penalty (SADP) works to end the death penalty through campaigns of public education and the promotion of youth activism. Join our page on Facebook! Students Against the Death Penalty (SADP) is an all-volunteer, grassroots organization formed in 2006 with the primary goal of mobilizing national support for abolition of the death…read more

16th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty

News Coverage of 16th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty, October 24, 2015. Alfred Dewayne Brown, newly exonerated from Texas death row in June 2015, speaks at the Texas Capitol.  

Rally for Bernardo Tercero

July 9, 2015 PRESS ADVISORY Contact: Gloria Rubac  713-503-2633 Friends and Supporters of Death Row Prisoner Bernardo Tercero to Rally Outside of Nicaraguan Consulate; Will Urge the Consul General to Increase Efforts to Stop Tercero’s August 26 Execution Friends and supporters of Nicaraguan citizen Bernardo Tercero will rally outside of the Nicaraguan consulate today at…read more

Judicial vacancies slow judicial system

Perhaps no one can appreciate the importance of quick access to our federal courts more than death-row inmate Max Soffar. By the time the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rules on his habeas petition in support of his claim of innocence, he might have already died of liver cancer. The fact that the Fifth Circuit,…read more

Help Texas Death Row Survivor Alfred Dewayne Brown

After more than ten years on Texas death row for a crime he did not commit, Alfred Dewayne Brown walked free and into the loving arms of his family and friends on June 8, 2015. “I went in an innocent man and I came out an innocent man,” said Brown. Now, he needs your help…read more

Historic Texas Senate Bill Filed to Abolish Death Penalty in Texas

  Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr has filed legislation to abolish the death penalty in Texas. This is the first time a state senator has ever filed legislation to abolish the death penalty in Texas. It happened because organizations in Texas held the Statewide Texas Lobby Day to Abolish the Death Penalty on March 3 and…read more

A Conversation with Sandra and Rodrick Reed

Rodney Reed’s family has been at the forefront of a 17 year struggle to prove his innocence and win his freedom from Texas’ death row. Recently, Rodney’s mother Sandra, and brother Rodrick, sat down to talk with Lily Hughes about their disappointment in the courts, the need for DNA testing, and the pain of facing…read more

Arnold Prieto

Arnold Prieto, 41, is scheduled today to be the first person executed under Governor Greg Abbott. Arnold is a frequent contributor to the blog minutesbeforesix.blogspot.com, where you can learn about him in his own words. He is deserving of a commutation to life in prison, so call Gov Abbott and urge him to stop today’s…read more


As you are filling out your holiday cards this winter, please remember the men and women who will spend the holiday season behind bars. Opening a holiday card and receiving greetings and words of encouragement from you could really mean a lot to someone who has to spend the holidays away from his or her family….read more

Darby Tillis, Exonerated Death Row Survivor from Illinois Dies at 71

Darby Tillis, a death-row survivor who spent more than nine years incarcerated in Illinois, including four years on death-row, passed away at the age of seventy one. Darby was living in an old limousine in the streets of Chicago. Severely wounded by his experience on death-row, he traveled around the country telling the story of…read more

Sandrine Ageorges writes from France

Dear All, Today, TDC decided to hear the voice of reason and I wanted to thank all for your support. It meant a lot to me personally and I am sure it means even more to the men and women on death row. I feel no sense of victory and none of us should, but…read more

The Awful Truth: Bush Bowl 2000 Jeb Vs. George

Florida has the honor of leading the nation in the number of people sentenced to death, then later released after either being found innocent or having received an unfair trial (In this contest, Texas is tied for 3rd with Oklahoma). Jeb’s solution to this problem was to support legislation that limits the appeals death row…read more

Another victory for Texas!

According to The Houston Chronicle: State prison officials reversed course today on restricting death row visitors who have traveled more than 300 miles to 1 special 8-hour visit per trip. Special visits, which consist of two four-hour sessions on consecutive days, are permitted once a month. But long-distance travellers who arrive late in a month…read more

Funny Video – Jeb Bush is being asked about the death penalty

This video clip is part of the Bush Bowl 2000 episode of the award winning Awfull Truth series by Michael Moore. Jeb stands no hope of winning if he doesn’t have a team, like the one George does! Come back tomorrow to watch the full episode (30:00 minutes).


Governor Rick Perry and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals – You are on NOTICE, Colbert-style!

George Bush and Death Penalty in Texas

According to BBC, US President George Bush has reaffirmed his support for the death penalty, following the 1,000th execution since it was reintroduced in 1976. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Mr Bush “strongly supports” the death penalty because “ultimately it helps save innocent lives”. Speaking to reporters in Washington, Mr McClellan said: “When it’s…read more

Penn and Teller explain the Deterrence issue on Bullshit!

Session 4, Episode 3We understand the feelings of rage felt by crime victims and their families. But – studies show there is no deterrent effect to State executions. And, DNA evidence has exonerated 122 men formerly on death row! If we’re killing inmates to satisfy a primitive emotion, if we can’t be sure the criminal…read more

Court TV: An interview with Richard Hinojosa

Richard Hinojosa was convicted of stabbing his neighbor, then dumping her naked body off a dirt road. With his appeals exhausted, he continues to deny his guilt. In a death row interview with CourtTVnews.com, he spoke about his violent past, his Cherokee heritage, string theory, and his spiritual awakening in prison. The transcript and video…read more

Protest the execution of Richard Hinojosa

Urge Texas Governor Rick Perry toStop the Execution of Richard Hinojosascheduled for Aug 17, 2006 Richard Hinojosa is scheduled for execution on August 17, 2006 for the murder of Terry Wright, whose body was found on May. 10, 1994. She had been raped and stabbed eleven times. Several days later Richard Hinojosa, who suffered from…read more

The Execution of A Teenage Girl – Update!

In the early morning hours of a gloomy day in August of 2004, a 16 year old girl by the name of Atefeh Sahaaleh Rajabi, was executed in public. Imam Haji Rezai, the powerful head of the Islamic judiciary in the city of Neka, the same Muslim Cleric who had sentenced Atefeh to death, personally…read more