America’s Retreat From the Death Penalty PDF Print E-mail
January 1, 2013
The New York Times

When the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, it said there were two social purposes for imposing capital punishment for the most egregious crimes: deterrence and retribution. In recent months, these justifications for a cruel and uncivilized punishment have been seriously undermined by a growing group of judges, prosecutors, scholars and others involved in criminal justice, conservatives and liberals alike.

A distinguished committee of scholars convened by the National Research Council found that there is no useful evidence to determine if the death penalty deters serious crimes. Many first-rate scholars have tried to prove the theory of deterrence, but that research “is not informative about whether capital punishment increases, decreases, or has no effect on homicide rates,” the committee said.
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Add Your Moral Voice in NC PDF Print E-mail
December 20, 2012

Sign New NC Faith Letters for Death Penalty Repeal

For decades religious leaders across North Carolina have been at the heart of efforts to educate and mobilize faith communities to act to abolish the death penalty.

Nearly 700 religious leaders from North Carolina called for passage of the NC Racial Justice Act. Last week a judge found racial bias in the cases of three more defendants on death row and commuted their sentences.

People of Faith Against the Death Penalty has now launched letters from religious leaders and lay people of faith in North Carolina calling for repeal of the death penalty.

Visit www.ncrepeal.org.
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Maryland: Repeal Now, Act Now PDF Print E-mail
December 19, 2012

Maryland is on the cusp of something it should have done years ago: repealing the death penalty.

MD Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Dist. 27) of Chesapeake Beach needs to hear from you today while important decisions are made about the bill for repeal.

Write Sen. Miller here, http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1576/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12164.

Maryland's Gov. Martin O'Malley has reaffirmed his support for repeal now.

Senior religious leaders across Maryland have reaffirmed their support for repeal now.

A majority of Maryland's legislators are ready to vote for repeal now.

Despite this pressure for repeal, Sen. Miller has remained unchanged in blocking repeal.

Please help PFADP expand the circle of abolitionists by supporting us right now.
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PFADP Membership Call with Sr. Helen Prejean PDF Print E-mail
December 6, 2012

On Sunday, December 16 People of Faith Against the Death Penalty will hold our annual membership meeting via a national teleconference. The call will take place at 4 pm Eastern, 1 pm Pacific.

On the call you will hear live from Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents and chair of PFADP's Kairos Campaign, on the state of the abolition movement. PFADP board members and staff will discuss PFADP's work across the country.

We encourage you to join this important call, which we expect to last little more than 30 minutes.

The meeting is open to all, but only voting members of PFADP (folks who have paid their annual dues of $35/individual, $50 household) can be allowed to vote. You can initiate or renew your voting membership right now, http://www.pfadp.org/donate-right-buttons-104.
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Breaking News: More Victories Today! PDF Print E-mail
December 13, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The NC Racial Justice Act that you and many people worked so hard to bring about has led to another finding of racial bias in North Carolina's death penalty system.

Let's keep the victories for justice coming. Please give to PFADP here.

A Superior Court judge has commuted the sentences of three N.C. death row prisoners to life in prison after finding that prosecutors excluded African Americans from their juries. His rulings were made under two different versions of the RJA, including the most recent version that severely limited the scope of evidence allowable to find racial bias. Here is a news story about today's ruling.
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Next up: death penalty (Maryland) PDF Print E-mail
Our view: Since taking office, Gov. O'Malley has presided over a long-term moratorium on executions in Maryland; next year he should push to end capital punishment outright

December 2, 2012
The Baltimore Sun

Having successfully pushed for historic changes in Maryland laws regarding expanded casino gambling, in-state college tuition rates for some undocumented-immigrant students, and the right of gay people to marry, Gov. Martin O'Malley is now in a position to address one of the last great pieces of unfinished business of his time in Annapolis: abolishing the state's death penalty.
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