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

Beccaria – A Poetry project in Philadelphia, PA

About this project Beccaria is a chapbook of poetry which brings awareness to the death penalty in Pennsylvania. The chapbook is a compilation of the art and poetry of murder victims’ family members, current death row inmates and exonerated death row prisoners. The first printing of the chapbook was funded through a Leeway Art and Change Grant. This…read more

Help Stop the Execution of Hart Turner

For more information, please contact: Jim Craig, Louisiana Capital Assistance Center  636 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70113 (504) 558-9867       jimc@thejusticecenter.org Contact the Governor: The Hon. Phil Bryant Governor of Mississippi  Phone: 601.359.3150 Camp.Murphy@governor.ms.gov                At the request of Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, the MS Supreme Court has set the execution of Edwin Hart…read more

Execution Watch Jan. 26: Rodrigo Hernandez

Rodrigo Hernandez By Execution Watch After a hiatus of more than two months, Texas will gear up its death machine Thursday for the state killing of Rodrigo Hernandez. Execution Watch will provide live coverage and commentary on KPFT FM-Houston, starting at 6 p.m. Central Time. The show may be heard online at http:executionwatch.org > Listen….read more

14 Arrested In Death Penalty Protest at Supreme Court

Inside, the Supreme Court was hearing arguments in a dusty federal tax case. Outside, police were arresting 14 death penalty protesters who unfurled a 30-foot wide banner with the message “STOP EXECUTIONS!” on the Court’s marble plaza. One by one this morning, the demonstrators were escorted or dragged away for violating the federal law (40…read more

Case for a Second Chance

The case for a second chanceSocialist WorkerJanuary 17, 2012 Marlene Martin of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty reports on the case of Robert Gattis–and what the fight to save him says about the criminal justice system. ROBERT GATTIS, who faces an execution date on Friday, January 20, has won the first pardons board…read more

Delaware News Journal: Pardons Board Is Right to Recommend Clemency

Today, for the first time in the paper’s history, the Delaware News Journal has published an editorial in support of clemency in a death penalty case. Delaware’s Board of Pardons has recommended that condemned prisoner Robert Gattis be allowed to live. The decision came this weekend in a thoughtful, judicious recommendation to the governor. Mr. Gattis was condemned to…read more

Civil Disobedience Planned to Mark 35th Anniversary of Executions At U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                                                         CONTACT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  SCOTT LANGLEY 16 January 2012                                                                                                      518-249-8094 (mobile)          Civil Disobedience Planned to Mark 35th Anniversary of ExecutionsAt U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC 9:45 am Wednesday – Press briefing at the United Methodist Building, Location: 100 Maryland Avenue, NE (next to U.S. Supreme Court) WASHINGTON —…read more

Coretta Scott King on the Death Penalty

Coretta Scott King, the widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., died in 2006 at the age of 78. She is remembered for many brave and selfless acts, including her steady opposition to capital punishment. The widow of one of the nation’s most famous murder victims frequently voiced her opposition to the…read more