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

Texas wakes up to student spring breakers

During the past spring break season, students from high schools and colleges came to Austin March 13-17 for a week of activism andeducation against the death penalty as part of the 2006 Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break. The students were not only fromTexas, but from several other states, including as far away as Oregon and…read more

Students fast in death penalty protest – The Daily Texan

Anniversary of 1976 Supreme Court decision reinstating capital punishment brings students, activists together to speak out, educate public 7/3/06 By Behnaz Abolmaali A small group of anti-death penalty activists convened at the front of the state Capitol Saturday for a day of fasting in observance of the 30th anniversary of the reinstatement of capital punishment…read more

Starvin' For Justice 2006 — Texas Capitol

Robert Hoelscher, Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation Robert Hoelscher’s father, a convenience store manager, was murdered during a robbery in 1961 when Robert was seven years old. Just two days after the murder, Robert’s mother called the parents of the offender, a 17 year-old teenager with mental health problems. The offender’s father was the real…read more

1st Annual fast and vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty in Texas

If you want to join us on July 1st- July 2nd in front of the Texas Capitol please register online. Free community housing at the First United Methodist Church DEATH ROW INMATES and FAMILY Members TO PARTICPATE IN THE 13TH ANNUAL FAST AND VIGIL in Washington, DC, AND THE 1ST ANNUAL FAST AND VIGIL IN…read more

Quote of the day! Kansas v. Marsh , No. 04-1170

Justice David H. Souter, said the majority opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas, undermined efforts to eliminate “freakish capital sentencing.” “freakish capital sentencing”

Press Release

For immediate release: June 25, 2006 Contact: Delia Perez Meyer, (512)444-5366Scott Cobb, President, Texas Moratorium Network (512) 689-1544Hooman Hedayati, President, Texas Students Against the Death Penalty(210) 601-7231 Evidence of Possible Execution of Innocent Man in Carlos De Luna Case Uncovered by an Investigation Conducted by The Chicago Tribune Warrants Halt to Tuesday’s Execution of “Railroad…read more

On Carlos Deluna!

The thought of executing an innocent person is perhaps our criminaljustice system’s worst nightmare. People are wrongfully convicted andsent to prison all too often. These mistakes, however, can be corrected. But with the death penalty, there is no instant replay or “do-overs.”We cannot un-execute someone. Therefore, it was indeed disturbing to readrecent media reports strongly…read more

Did this man die…for this man's crime?

On Dec 7, 1989, Carlos De Luna was executed in Texas for a murder in Corpus Christi. But a Chicago Tribune investigation has uncovered evidence he was not the killer: According to NBC Nightline there were no finger prints or any physical evidence at thecrime scene and Carlos DeLuna was executed based on a false…read more

Important news likely to break over the weekend by Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune is planning to break a big story about an execution (innocence?) in Texas over the weekend. We don’t know the details yet. This news story is likely to increase the criticism of the death penalty system in Texas and will give us more reason to ask for an end to the death penalty…read more

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