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

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

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