Speakers at 18th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty

The 18th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty will be held in Austin, Texas on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 2pm at the Texas Capitol. We will also hold a press conference inside the Capitol at 12:30pm in the Speaker’s Committee Room (2W.6).       Speakers at the march and/or the press conference…read more

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

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

Texas Death Penalty Report 2012 – 15 Executions, 9 New Death Sentences

Texas executed 15 people in 2012, two more people than in 2011. 73 percent of the people Texas executed in 2012 were people of color, seven African-American and four Hispanics. There were four white people executed by Texas in 2012. Five people were executed from Dallas County, two from Bexar County, two from Montgomery County, one…read more

Marvin Wilson’s Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court to Stop Execution in Texas

Here is the appeal submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Marvin Wilson, a man with an intellectual disability who is scheduled for execution in Texas on Tuesday August 7 despite having an IQ of 61. The New York Times says: “The court must stop this cruel and unconstitutional execution of a mentally…read more

Selwyn Davis, on Texas Death Row from Austin, Commits Suicide

Gloria Rubac of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement visited Texas death row this weekend and learned that Selwyn Davis had committed suicide. Davis had been sentenced to death in an Austin courtroom. Gloria wrote on Facebook: “Dear Friends, It was with great sadness that I found out today about another suicide on Texas death row….read more