Petition: Stop Eleven Executions in Tennessee

Tennessee is set to resume executions for the first time in almost a decade. And not just one execution. They are planning on having ELEVEN executions in the next six months.

Now is the time to contact the Tennessee Governor and tell him not to resume executions.


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Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty Returns to CPAC

The Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) is the largest and most prominent gathering of conservative activists in the country. It’s also the place that Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty (CCATDP) was first launched five years ago. Tomorrow, CCATDP will be back at CPAC. But, now, things are a little different. Continue Reading →

Help end the death penalty in Washington state!

Last week in a historic, bipartisan vote, the Washington State Senate passed a bill to repeal the death penalty. Now, the State House must act to get rid of the death penalty once and for all.

Please contact your representatives and tell them to say YES to repeal.


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You can help end the death penalty in Florida!

The Florida legislature is now in session, and a bill to end the use of the death penalty needs your help!

If you live in Florida:

We need you to contact your legislators and ask them to co-sponsor this important legislation. Ask them to say YES to ending the death penalty.

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EJUSA celebrates 10 years without the death penalty in New Jersey

This month marks the 10-year anniversary of the end of the death penalty in New Jersey. On December 17, 2007, then-Governor Jon Corzine signed an abolition bill that made the state the first to legislatively end capital punishment in the modern era.

EJUSA commemorated the 10-year anniversary by participating in an event honoring some of the champions of the repeal campaign at a celebration hosted by The Human Rights Institute at Kean University. Special honors went to former Governor Jon Corzine and one of the primary sponsors of abolition, Senator Raymond J. Lesniak.

Some members of the Executive Committee of New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (NJADP) hadn’t seen each other in many years and enjoyed the reunion. The team of 23 volunteers, 3 staff (including NJADP Executive Director Celeste Fitzgerald, who is now EJUSA’s Director of Partnerships), and EJUSA Executive Director Shari Silberstein spent thousands of hours for more than eight years to achieve the historic victory.

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Ending capital punishment was right thing to do for N.J.

Anniversary story in the Star-LedgerPublished with the permission of The Star-Ledger, where it first appeared.

It’s hard to imagine today that two Republicans and two Democrats would join together to pass historic legislation on any issue, no less an issue that was seen by some as “controversial.” But ten years ago this week, that’s exactly what we did. And we kicked off a bipartisan trend that continues to this day.

On December 17, 2007, New Jersey became the first state to abolish the death penalty in almost half a century. We four led the charge as the prime sponsors in the legislature. We come from different parties and different parts of the state. Some of us originally supported the death penalty. Others never did. But over the course of New Jersey’s 25-year experiment with capital punishment, we all learned just how harmful and ineffective the death penalty really was.

Ten years later, linked by a shared legacy, we are both proud and humbled to reflect on how it happened and what came next.

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No executions in 2018?

We’re closer than ever.

This fall support for the death penalty plunged to its lowest level since 1972. You made that happen. You stood by us year after year, and now even red states and Republican lawmakers are leading the charge.

Will you help us continue our work in 2018? Please make as generous a gift as you can. We need to raise $50,000 by December 31st and the first $25,000 we raise will be matched!

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EJUSA Evangelical Network promotes violence prevention, support for survivors, restorative justice, and death penalty repeal

EJUSA Evangelical Network websiteWe are proud to announced the formation of the new EJUSA Evangelical Network. It is comprised of Evangelical leaders – from across the nation and political spectrum – who seek to transform the justice system by promoting responses to violence that are rooted in the values of racial equity, healing, public health, and restoration.

“Evangelicals are active in a lot of criminal justice reform campaigns,” said Shari Silberstein, Executive Director of EJUSA. “In our work with Evangelicals on the death penalty, we consistently heard that they wanted to advocate for something, and not just against broken policies. Our Evangelical Network provides that affirmative platform for future advocacy.”

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New report finds spike in Republican opposition to the death penalty

The Right Way ThumbnailA new report by Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty has found a surge in the number of Republican lawmakers who sponsored death penalty repeal legislation at the state level. The report – called The Right Way – looks at all death penalty repeal bills filed since 2000, using the increase in sponsorships as a measure for growing Republican leadership on the issue.

Findings include:

  • The number of Republican state lawmakers to sponsor death penalty repeal bills increased sharply since 2012.
  • From 2000 to 2012, it was rare for Republican state lawmakers to sponsor death penalty repeal bills. In 2013, the annual number of Republican sponsors more than doubled.
  • By 2016 ten times as many Republicans sponsored repeal bills than in 2000.
  • More than 67% of the Republicans sponsoring death penalty repeal bills did so in red states.

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CCATDP releases new report, “The Right Way”

CCATDP formed in 2013 to shatter the myth of universal conservative death penalty support. With your help, I believe that we have accomplished that goal. Grassroots conservatives and many well-known political thought leaders are now openly questioning capital punishment with great frequency.

A mere four years since our founding, we have proof that conservative lawmakers are also increasingly supporting death penalty repeal. Today at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., we unveiled our report, “The Right Way,” which demonstrates this point.

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