Law of Parties Bill Referred to Senate Jurisprudence Committee

The Law of Parties death penalty reform bill HB 1340 by Rep Jeff Leach, Rep Harold Dutton and 8 other co-authors and that passed the House on an overwhelming vote has been referred to the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence. It must still have a hearing in the committee, then pass the committee, and go to…read more

Law of Parties Death Penalty Reform Bill Passes Texas House in Overwhelming Vote

The bill by Representative Jeff Leach would prohibit the imposition of the death penalty in law of parties cases in which the person charged under the law of parties did not kill anyone or intend anyone to be killed. It passed the full House on second reading 139-4. It passed on third reading the next…read more

Rep Jeff Leach Speaks on Bill to End Death Penalty in Law of Parties Cases

Texas State Rep Jeff Leach, a Republican, in this video makes a persuasive argument for his bill to end the death penalty in law of parties cases at the hearing of the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence on April 6, 2021. He also made it clear that it is his legislative intent that the…read more

Hearing Set on Bills to End Death Penalty Under Law of Parties

The House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence will hold a hearing on Tuesday April 6, 2021 to consider bills filed by State Rep Harold Dutton and another filed by State Rep Jeff Leach that would prohibit death sentences under the law of parties. People can attend the hearing which is set to start at 1PM in…read more

22nd Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty

If you would like to donate to the annual march, you can do so here. The 22nd Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty will be held in Austin, Texas on October 30, 2021 at 2 PM. After an online march last year because of the pandemic, we expect to be able to hold an…read more

Elsa Alcala 21st Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty

The 21st Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty was online this year October 10, 2020 in order to keep everyone as safe as possible during the pandemic. Here is one of the speakers, Elsa Alcala, a former Republican judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Sponsors included: Austin Abolitionists, Texas Death Penalty Abolition…read more

16th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty – Oct 24, 2015

Join us on at the Texas Capitol for the 16th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty. 2 PM Saturday, October 24, 2015 The Texas Capitol South Steps Austin, Texas Alfred Dewayne Brown is coming to the 16th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty. Dewayne was released on June 8, 2015 after more than 10…read more

Photos of Alfred Dewayne Brown After Texas Death Row

We just received some pictures of Alfred Dewayne Brown back at home. He is happy to be back together with his family and able to smell the fresh air every day. In addition to learning how touch screen cell phones work, he enjoys feeding the horses everyday, one of the activities he longed to do…read more

Update on Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Alfred Dewayne Brown

On June 8, 2015, Alfred Dewayne Brown walked free for the first time after more than ten years in solitary confinement on Texas death row for a crime he did not commit. Today we reached a milestone in our collective effort to help him rebuild his life. We hit $3,585 raised and we still have…read more

Rep Harold Dutton Files Bill to Abolish Texas Death Penalty

Rep. Harold Dutton of Houston today filed HB 1032, a bill to abolish the death penalty in Texas. Rep Dutton first filed a bill to abolish the death penalty in 2003, which was the first abolition bill filed in the Texas Legislature in a long time up to that year. When no one else was…read more

Upcoming Scheduled Executions in Texas

Scheduled Executions in Texas Texas has passed 500 executions in the modern era since the 1976 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the death penalty was constitutional. Texas conducted its first execution after the ruling in 1982. To express your opposition to any execution, you can contact the Governor’s office at 512 463 2000. If you…read more

Petition to Stop Execution of Scott Panetti

Scott Panetti is a severely mentally ill man who has suffered from schizophrenia for more than 30 years. He is scheduled for execution in Texas just weeks from today, on December 3rd. This is the enduring image of Mr. Panetti is from his capital trial, at which he was permitted to represent himself despite his obvious…read more