New Poll PDF Print E-mail
Younger Christians Less Supportive of the Death Penalty

Jan. 2014 - Only 23 percent of practicing Christian millennials support the death penalty, according to a new poll reported on by the Religion News Service. Read the full article here.
 
The death penalty in Wisconsin: Gone now 160 years PDF Print E-mail
July 9, 2013

By Alexander “Sandie” Pendleton    

July 10 is the 160th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in Wisconsin. This sets Wisconsin apart from other jurisdictions. Nationally, Wisconsin law has been completely without the death penalty longer than the laws of any other state. Wisconsin also has been without the death penalty longer than any European country (even longer than the Vatican).
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Final Action: RJA Repealed PDF Print E-mail
June 20, 2013

NC Gov. Signs Racial Justice Act Repeal

Undoing four centuries of government executions is not easy.

Yesterday NC Gov. Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 306 into law, repealing the NC Racial Justice Act and setting off a costly legal challenge in the courts before any executions would resume.
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RJA Repealed, But… PDF Print E-mail
June 6, 2013

Yesterday the NC House repealed the Racial Justice Act. By now you know how important the Racial Justice Act was both symbolically, North Carolina acknowledging its history of racial bias, and practically, undoing the damage of that same racial bias in the cases of scores of people living on death row.

Let us not be discouraged. No campaign for justice travels a smooth road. Undoing four centuries of government executions is not easy.
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Tell NC's Governor Racism Is Bad PDF Print E-mail
June 13, 2013

Debbie Biesack and the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, two of PFADP's national board members, and I are among the nearly 400 people who have been arrested recently and spent the night in jail over, in part, the repeal of the NC Racial Justice Act. The Forward Together movement continues to grow, but we need you to speak up right now.

The first bill to repeal the RJA was introduced on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. Yesterday the NC Senate finalized the repeal of the RJA – on the 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers' assassination.
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North Carolina Repeals Law Allowing Racial Bias Claim in Death Penalty Challenges PDF Print E-mail
June 5, 2013

By Kim Severson
The New York Times

A law that allowed death-row inmates to challenge their sentences based on racial bias claims was repealed by the North Carolina legislature on Wednesday, paving the way for executions to resume in a state that has 152 people on death row.

The law, the only one of its kind in the country, allowed inmates to use state and county statistics and other material to claim that race played a role in their sentencing. Since the law took effect in 2009, nearly everyone facing execution — not all of them black — has used it in hopes of reducing sentences to life in prison.
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