Journey of Hope Coming to 18th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty October 28, 2017

Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing, an organization led by murder victim family members that conducts public education speaking tours and addresses alternatives to the death penalty, will be at the 18th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty on October 28, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Pictured above Journey members hold a banner at the march…read more

Major Film Planned on Todd Willingham – Innocent Person Wrongfully Executed by Texas

From Deadline.com Jack O’Connell and Laura Dern have been set to star in Trial by Fire, a fact-based drama that Ed Zwick will direct. Oscar-winning Precious scribe Geoffrey Fletcher wrote the script, adapted from the 2009 article in The New Yorker that won David Grann the Polk Award. Zwick will produce through his Bedford Falls…read more

Rep. Terry Canales Files Updated Law of Parties Bill in Special Session

State Rep Terry Canales has filed a new law of parties bill in the special session. HB 252 is different from the bills in the regular session. It adds a section that directs the jury “to determine based on the evidence admitted at the guilt or innocence stage whether the defendant is guilty of the…read more

Terri Been Testifying in Support of Law of Parties Reform Bills

Terri Been, sister of Jeff Wood, testifying before Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence on April 17, 2017 in support of law of parties reform bills. Under the provisions of the bills, a death sentence could not be sought or imposed on a defendant whose liability for a capital felony offense was based solely on…read more

Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio Jr Files Bill to Abolish Texas Death Penalty

Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr has again filed a bill (SB 597) to abolish the death penalty in Texas. This is the second session he has filed his abolition bill. When Senator Lucio filed similar legislation in 2015, it was the first time a state senator had ever filed legislation to completely abolish the death penalty in Texas. Senator…read more

Rep Dutton Files Bills to Abolish the Death Penalty and Prohibit Death Sentences in Law of Parties Cases

Rep. Harold Dutton of Houston today filed HB 64, a bill to abolish the death penalty in Texas. Rep. Dutton also filed HB 147, a bill to prohibit the death penalty for people convicted under the law of parties. Jeff Wood received a stay of execution in August 2016 after many legislators expressed support by…read more

Rally to Stop Execution of Jeff Wood, Saturday July 23, at Texas Governor’s Mansion

Attend the rally to stop the execution of Jeff Wood at the Texas Governor’s Mansion on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Tell Governor Abbott and the Board of Pardons and Paroles to stop the execution of Jeff Wood! Texas has set his execution for August 24th – despite the fact that he killed no one. Meet…read more

Help Texas Man Set for Execution Under Law of Parties – Jeff Wood Did Not Kill Anyone

Jeff Wood is scheduled for execution in Texas on August 24, 2016 under the law of parties even though he did not kill anyone. We need to persuade the Texas governor and members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to commute Jeff’s death sentence. I have known Jeff’s family for many years. His sister Terri Been…read more

Petition to Stop Execution of Jeff Wood, Who Did Not Kill Anyone

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said Monday the agency has received court documents setting 42-year-old Jeffrey Wood for lethal injection Aug. 24. Wood was convicted under the Texas law of parties, which makes the participant in a capital murder equally culpable of the crime. Evidence showed his roommate, Daniel Reneau, fatally shot…read more

Top 10 Texas Death Penalty News Stories of 2015

1) Alfred Dewayne Brown was exonerated and released after more than ten years on Texas death row for a crime he did not commit. He walked free and into the loving arms of his family and friends on June 8, 2015. “I went in an innocent man and I came out an innocent man,” said Brown….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

2013 Texas Death Penalty Report

Texas executed 16 people in 2013, one more person than in 2012. 69 percent of the people Texas executed in 2013 were people of color, eight African-Americans and three Hispanics. There were five white people executed by Texas in 2013. Two people were executed from Dallas County, two from Harris County, two from Hidalgo County,…read more

Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy Demands Texas Return Execution Drugs for Refund

The Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy letter to TDCJ demanding Texas return execution drugs for a refund. Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy Letter to TDCJ by Scott Cobb Previously the AP reported that The Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy was where Texas bought its execution drugs. The nation’s most active death-penalty state has turned to a compounding pharmacy to replace its…read more

Texas Death Row Suicides

The American-Statesman had an article Sunday entitled “Texas prison suicide rate high among inmates in isolation“. Everyone on Texas death row is held in solitary confinement. The term for solitary confinement is “administrative segregation”. Between 2007 and 2012, the 8,000 to 9,000 state prisoners housed in administrative segregation made up between 5 and 6 percent of…read more

500th Execution in Texas is Currently Set for June 26, 2013

The 500th execution in Texas is now on the schedule.  The 500th execution under the current schedule will happen on June 26, 2013 when Kimberly McCarthy is scheduled for execution. There may be stays or additions in the schedule that change the date of the 500th. Right now 497 people have been executed in Texas in the…read more