Stand With Texas Death Row Prisoner Rodney Reed.

DROP THE DATE! TEST ALL THE DNA!


By: Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Monday, July 14, 2014

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty, along with the family and supporters of Rodney Reed rejects the decision today to issue a death warrant for innocent Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed for January 14, 2015.

We have long believed in Rodney’s innocence and, during a hearing today in Bastrop County, we once again heard of the multitude of evidence that could prove Rodney’s innocence if given a fair hearing either through a new trial or through the appeals process.

We learned today that the state has agreed to important but limited new DNA testing of some crime scene evidence – and that the defense is asking for even more DNA testing of several other items related to the crime scene.


From Texas death row: Two cases of injustice


By: Lily Hughes

The state of Texas maintains the most active execution chamber in the nation, amid questionable practices and a host of controversial executions.

Texas has executed seven people already this year as of May 2014. The state has put at least 515 people to death since executions were reinstated in 1982, far more than any other state.

Over the last 15 years, there have been scandals at DNA labs, and revelations of judges and lawyers sleeping through portions of capital cases. Meanwhile, clear evidence of racial bias in sentencing, a lack of funding for indigent defendants and an assembly line approach to executions continue to plague the Texas system.

Despite this, the courts here are known to rubber-stamp death penalty convictions with little scrutiny. The worst offender is the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest criminal court in Texas.


Some hope for juvenile lifers


By: Marlene Martin

In June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that children under the age of 18 can no longer be sentenced to mandatory life without the possibility of parole. Unfortunately the court did not ban the sentence outright, as it should have, leaving the United States with the macabre distinction of being the only country in the world to allow children to be sentenced to life without parole.

Mark Clements was 16 when he went to prison on a life without parole sentence. He spent 28 years wrongfully incarcerated. He makes this point,“ If the government honestly cared about change, they would prohibit this sentence and implement a plan that can restore kids back to society, rather than lock them up and throw away the key.”


Why I’m a monthly sustainer

Interview with Jeannine Scott


By: Randi Jones Hensley

This program makes it easy for everyone to help support the fight to abolish the death penalty, no matter where you are or how limited your time is. Once a month, funds are automatically taken out of your account or charged to your credit card, and donated to the CEDP. These funds are used for publishing the New Abolitionist, taking prisoner phone calls, putting on national CEDP tours, sending out mailings and sustaining the work at our national office.

To join this important program, visit our website at nodeathpenalty.org or contact Lily Hughes at lily@nodeathpenalty.org. You can donate as little as $5 a month, more if you are able.

To all of our sustainers, we thank each and every one of you for helping the CEDP do what it does every day.


More Innocent People on Death Row Than Estimated


Credit: Jerry Cabluck—Sygma/Corbis
Walls Unit in Huntsville prison where lethal injections are carried out on inmates in Huntsville, Texas.
By: David Von Drehle
Time Magazine
Monday, April 28, 2014

New research finds that almost four percent of U.S. capital punishment sentences are wrongful convictions, almost double the number of people set free, meaning around 120 of the roughly 3,000 inmates on death row in America are not guilty.

The United States may be putting more innocent people to death than previously thought. According to a sweeping new statistical analysis made public today, the rate of wrongful death sentences in the U.S. is probably much higher than experts have estimated.

Authors of the study say that their “conservative estimate of the proportion of erroneous convictions” is 4.1 percent, or approximately twice the number actually exonerated and set free from death row. This could mean that approximately 120 of the roughly 3,000 inmates on death row in America might not be guilty, while additional scores of wrongfully convicted inmates are serving life in prison after their death sentences were reduced over technical legal errors.


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