News and Updates

Why the Death Penalty Is Slowly Dying

Adam Cohen
By: Adam Cohen
Time Magazine
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

California is having problems with its death penalty. It hasn’t executed anyone since 2006, when a federal court ruled that its method of lethal injection was improper and could cause excessive pain. The state spent five years coming up with a better method — and last month, a judge threw that one out too. One indication of just how bogged down California’s capital-punishment system is: the inmate who brought the latest lethal-injection challenge has been on death row for 24 years.

Stop the execution of Robert Gattis January 20th!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Robert Gattis, Delaware death row prisoner, has been given an execution date of January 20th. The CEDP has worked closely with Robert's mother Barbara Lewis over the last few years, both nationally and with the Delaware chapter of the CEDP, which Barbara helped to found. We are urging folks to do what they can to show support and solidarity for Robert Gattis and Barbara Lewis and demand that Delaware stop this execution!

Mumia Abu-Jamal Will No Longer Face Death Penalty

By: Jorge Rivas
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced Wednesday this office has called off their 30-year battle to execute former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal for allegedly murdering a white police officer, the Associated Press reports. The decision comes just two days short of the 30th anniversary of the killing.

Funeral arrangements for Martina Correia

Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Friday, December 2, 2011

Last week, Martina Correia, the courageous sister of Troy Davis, passed away.  As many of you know, she was fighting breast cancer and had become very ill and weak in the last few month.  For all of you that were lucky enough to meet Martina, you met someone with incredible conviction and determination.

Her life was consumed by the fight to win justice for her brother and to raise the banner for abolition of the death penalty.  She was an inspiration to us all.  Now it will be up to us all to fight in her memory and in Troy's memory -- and to not give up.

Bias on death row? North Carolina lawmakers now not so sure

Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
A statue of Lady Justice stands atop the courthouse in Goldsboro, N.C.
By: Richard Fausset
Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The North Carolina Senate on Monday approved a bill that critics view as a gutting of the Racial Justice Act, the state law that gives death row inmates and death penalty defendants the ability to use statistics on racial bias as a way to challenge their prosecutions.

An Intolerable Burden of Proof

By: Editorial Board
New York Times
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Supreme Court ruled in 2002 that it is unconstitutional to execute mentally retarded criminals, finding that the death penalty cannot be justified for these offenders because they are morally less culpable.

Capital punishment slowly loses ground in US

Credit: AFP/Getty Images/File, Justin Sullivan
By: Chantal Valery
Monday, November 28, 2011

WASHINGTON — With a new moratorium on the death penalty in Oregon and a drop in the number of death sentences and executions, capital punishment is slowly losing ground in the United States.

Oregon governor John Fitzhaber announced on Tuesday that the northwestern state will halt executions at least until the end of his mandate, joining the camp of US states that have effectively shunned the death penalty.

Another fantastic CEDP convention!

By: Lily Hughes and Misti Blakeny
Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty held it's 11th annual convention in Austin, Texas for the first time ever, over the weekend of November 11-13.  Thanks so much to everyone who participated in a wonderful weekend of discussion, debate, and organizing against the death penalty!

Court of Criminal Appeals Grants Hank Skinner Stay

Credit: Caleb Bryant Miller
By: Brandi Grissom
The Texas Tribune
Monday, November 7, 2011

 The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Monday granted a stay of execution for Hank Skinner. 

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty stands with the 99% Occupy Movement

At Occupy Atlanta
By: The Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty (CEDP) is a fighting organization made up of the 99%: former and current prisoners and their families, and activists who oppose racism, the death penalty, and mass incarceration. We fight for the 2.4 million people behind bars in the United States, who are largely poor people of color who can’t afford to buy real justice. We fight for a system that gets tough on the root cause of crime—poverty. We fight for a system that dedicates resources to mental healthcare, jobs, after-school programs, education, and drug treatment instead of prisons.