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Death row exonerees hold Biden accountable

They were innocent and on death row. Now, the exonerated want to ensure Biden keeps pledge By Christina Carrega, CNN Updated 6:01 AM ET, Sun March 21, 2021 (CNN)Sabrina Smith…

Richard Glossip

Don Knight, attorney for death row prisoner Richard Glossip, says District Attorney David Prater is withholding evidence

Feb. 18, 2021 Updates

February 18, 2021 Death Penalty Updates Death Penalty Information Center adds 11 more people to its innocence list. This brings us to the point where for every eight persons executed…

Feb. 18, 2021 Updates

February 18, 2021 Death Penalty Updates Death Penalty Information Center adds 11 more people to its innocence list. This brings us to the point where for every eight persons executed…

Starvin’ 4 Justice

27 years ago three activists gathered outside the Supreme Court for four days and three nights, Starvin’ 4 Justice.  *** 48 years ago, on June 29, 1972 the U.S. Supreme…

Film Screening & Speakers

Join us for a screening of the film In the Executioner’s Shadow. Vicki and Syl Schieber, whose daughter Shannon was raped and murdered in Philadelphia, will speak after the film….

PADP MOURNS DEATH OF VICE-CHAIR KENNETH L. FOX

Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (PADP) announces with sadness the passing away of Kenneth Lawrence Fox, the Vice-Chair of the organization’s board of directors, on Thursday, February 13,…

Go see Just Mercy and then TAKE ACTION!

Once you and your friends have seen this movie, they’ll want to join the fight to end capital punishment in Pennsylvania. Make sure to welcome them aboard. Ask them to…

Prosecution How Overzealous Personalities Drive The Death Penalty Capital Punishment in Pennsylvania DEATH-PENALTY STEWARDSHIP AND THE CURRENT STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA CAPITAL JURISPRUDENCE ABA Study Finds PA Death Penalty Flaws Innocence Carlos…

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Declares Moratorium

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom took the historic step of declaring a moratorium on executions in California. Four other states have a moratorium in place — Colorado, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington….

My Reflections on Tree of Life Tragedy

With Vicki Schieber, Pittsburgh October 2018 To My Concerned Friends, This past Saturday morning, I was in synagogue, standing next to the Torah. As we were reading of the binding…

Death Penalty Wastes Too Much Money

This letter was published on February 22, 2018 at GoErie.com Abolish the death penalty; it wastes too much money Feb. 13 marks the third anniversary of a moratorium that halted…

Capital punishment too costly to justify

June 3, 2017, Centre County voters favored a new DA, Bernie Cantorna, in the recent primary election. I can find no record of his position on capital punishment.…

Three Murders in Philadelphia

May 12, 2017, In the early 1990s, the police arrested three men for crimes they didn’t commit. It’s taken more than 25 years for justice to be served.…

Supports repeal of death penalty

March 14, 2017, State Rep. Chris Rabb, of Philadelphia, has confirmed the rumor that he is planning to introduce a bill to repeal Pennsylvania’s death penalty law. I fully support…

Wake up call

February 21, 2017 At 6:19 a.m. Saturday morning ACCR staff got the call: 38 years, 3 months and 4 days after the 14-year-old Ricky Olds went to prison for buying…

Troubling implications

October 22, 2016 Last Thursday, a Centre County court ordered Kevin Siehl to be released from prison. Judge David Grine dismissed the murder charges against Siehl in part because prosecutors…

Pennsylvania’s Shame

October 12, 2016 In 1991, the Philadelphia district attorney’s office indicted a 20-year-old black man named Anthony Wright on a charge of capital murder. The alleged crime was heinous…

Death by blackness?

by PADP Board Member Shane Claiborne The color of your skin shouldn’t determine whether you live or die. But that is precisely the case for Duane Buck, a Texas man…

Governor Wolf has the high ground here

The wording of House Resolution 143 calls Governor Wolf’s moratorium on the death penalty unconstitutional. The action taken by the governor was a moratorium on executions until a study is…

Nebraska repealed the death penalty!

Nebraska makes history!   The Nebraska legislature, having passed a death penalty repeal bill last week, sustained that repeal by overriding today Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto by a vote of…

Widow: I don’t want to see him executed

Over two years ago, Mrs. Norwood stated, in writing, that she did not want Terry Williams to be executed for her husband’s murder.  Today, she reasserted her position. But the…

Upcoming Events

Joe D’Ambrosio: Death Row Story Thursday, March 19, 2015 – 7:00pm Taylor Little Theatre, Main Drive, Erie, PA 16504, USA Mercyhurst University Meryhurst University is bringing Joe D’Ambrosio, who was…

PA Supreme Court leaves reprieve in place

Just a few minutes ago, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its ruling in the Terry Williams reprieve challenge filed by the Philly DA’s office. The court left the reprieve in…

Internship Openings

Interns play a key role in our organization and are given responsibility accordingly, working on substantial projects and products. Internships are unpaid, but we will provide supervision for academic credit….

The Death Penalty: Beyond the Numbers

Monday, November 17, 2014 Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m. Dickinson College 208 W Louther St., Carlisle PA Panelists: Kathleen Lucas (moderator), Executive Director, Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death…

Rethink Executions from Philly.com

Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 1:08 AM Nearly surrounded by states that wisely have scrapped the death penalty – and with ample concerns already raised about the fairness and risk…

Is Torture Justice?

I am sickened by the news of another botched execution. The line between a death sentence and torture is beginning to be blurred. There are no regulations for the unethical…

Arizona Ignored Real Risks

This past Wednesday the state of Arizona carried out a botched execution on Joseph Wood, a man convicted of double murder in 1989. Wood was sentenced to death after being…

Gambling With the Lives of Innocent Men: End the Death Penalty

Suspected of murder, held for two years, man has charges dropped Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140510_Held_for_two_years__a_murder_suspect_is_cleared.html#uT31uUBBtBzbIhT7.99 Suspected of murder, held for two years, man has charges dropped Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140510_Held_for_two_years__a_murder_suspect_is_cleared.html#uT31uUBBtBzbIhT7.99…

Glenn Ford and An Activist Joke

How many death row exonerations does it take before the death penalty is eliminated in Pennsylvania? Ummmm, I give up. How many does it take? I don’t know. We’re still…

Bringing Human Rights Home

Bringing Human Rights Home: A Forum on LGBTQ Rights and Death Penalty Abolition Hosted by Philadelphia and South Jersey Amnesty International and Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Saturday,…

No Capitalizing on Capital Punishment

cross-posted from The Slate Online By CASSANDRA CLARHAUT | Asst. Opinion Editor It is 2000. The year of Y2K, Backstreet’s Back, and Nintendo’s Game Cube. According to The Death Penalty…

What prompts county to seek death penalty?

What prompts county to seek death penalty? February 22, 2014 11:24 PM By Paula Reed Ward / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On March 11, 2013, David Mazzocco shot three people in a…

Robert Carl Nordvall, Dedicated Abolitionist

Robert Carl Nordvall Robert Carl Nordvall, 73, formerly of Gettysburg, passed away January 2, 2014 in Pistoia, Italy. Born March 23,1940 in Oak Park, Illinois, he was the son of…

Philly Leads the (Wrong) Way!

Philadelphia County has sent more inmates to death row than any other county in Pennsylvania. However, a study of criminal cases overturned in the state because of prosecutorial misconduct found…

(Un)Happy 100th Pennsylvania!

Pennsylvania, I’d like to wish you an Unhappy 100th. Yesterday, you reached a noteworthy milestone in your tireless quest to kill your citizens. David Ramtahal was resentenced to life without…

"A grave miscarriage of justice"

Last week, after 21 years on Pennsylvania’s death row, James Dennis of Philadelphia finally had his moment of justice. Federal district court Judge Anita Brody ruled that the 1992 conviction…

Prosecutorial Misconduct in Philly… Again

District Attorney Seth Williams says he’s “upset and disgusted” at the Judge Anita Brody’s ruling in Jimmy Dennis’s case.  He should be. His solution is to “appeal it to the…

Executing Compassion

 I often hear the usual justifications for ending capital punishment. Deterrence is a fallacy. Innocents and the mentally ill are killed off all the time. Racial inequality is rampant in…

West Chester: We have a problem

Make that several problems.There’s a first degree murder trial happening right now. The accused could be sentenced to death if he is found guilty. For a capital trial (one where…

Justin Michael Wolfe — Justice Denied

The prosecution is determined to keep Justin in prison, despite a court ruling that vacated his conviction and ordered his release. The prosecution cheated and he has to pay the…