ABOLISH (the death penalty) Discussion List Archives
& Sites Opposing the Death Penalty
A semi-moderated discussion
list serving as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, political
as well as philosophical, by people who support the immediate abolition
of capital punishment in the United States and abroad; it "does not
nor will it ever serve as a forum for debate regarding abolition vs. retention."
Archives are also maintained at St.
ACLU Death Penalty
Civil Liberties Union considers the death penalty to be unconstitutional
under the Eight Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and that its discriminatory
application violates the Fourteenth Amendment.
International Website Against the Death Penalty
International is a well-known international human rights organization
based in London, with chapters throughout the world. It has an ongoing
worldwide anti-death penalty campaign and issues reports on the death
penalty in a number of countries, including the U.S.
Criminology Section: Death Penalty Information & Resources
A resource guide from the American Society
of Criminology (ASC) Critical Criminology Division, offering statistical
information on capital punishment in the U.S. and in Illinois. Additional
resources and documents available here comprise primarily anti-capital
punishment resources, but recently has begun to collect pro-death penalty
resources as well.
United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (CUADP)
An activist organization advocating
restoratives justice and alternative sentencing for convicted murders
(i.e., a minimum of 25 years imprisonment before parole eligibility for
convicted murders, and life imprisonment without possibility of parole
in some cases.)
Death Penalty Information
A non-profit organization serving the
media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning
capital punishment. It prepares in-depth reports, issues press releases,
conducts briefings for journalists, and serves as a resource to those
working on this issue.
Developed and maintained by a network
of national organizations opposed to capital punishment.
Penalty is Dead Wrong
Part of the JusticeNet
Prison Issues Desk. News items, abolition resources, and groups working
Links Toward Abolition
A project of the Other
Side of the Wall (Prison Law Page), this page provides numerous links
on anti-death penalty activism, death penalty law, local (California)
articles, prisoners, prisoner support, religious perspectives, and pro-death
penalty sites. It is frequently updated.
- The Other Side of the Wall:
The main site hosting Links Toward Abolition includes articles on prison
issues, frequently relating to the death penalty.
Victims Families for Reconciliation
Abolitionist organization comprising
relatives of homicide victims. "MVFR knows that - in spite of that
pain - vengeance is not the answer. The taking of another life by state
killing only continues the cycle of violence."
Center on Institutions and Alternatives
NCIA is a private, nonprofit agency
which focuses on alternatives to institutionalization, reduction of correctional
overcrowding, community reintegration of offenders, and other criminal
- Capital Case
Assistance: Capital cases in which NCIA has assisted and succeeded
in mitigating the defendant's sentence.
Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
A nationwide coalition of nearly 150
national, state, and local organizations working toward the abolition
of capital punishment.
for Human Rights: Research & Investigations
Several documents here on the involvement
of medical doctors in executions by lethal injection, in violation of
ethical standards set by the American Medical Association.
Penalty Organizations in the States
This list is not comprehensive.
- Death Penalty Focus of California:
A California nonprofit with nearly 10,000 members providing information
on California death penalty law, the cost of the death penalty in California,
and activities of the organization.
- Lamp of Hope Project: Texas
nonprofit primarily administered by Texas death row prisoners. Its mission
is "to educate the public about the death penalty and alternatives;
to support victims' families by promoting healing and reconciliation;
and to support prisoners' families, thereby breaking the cycle of violence."
- Virginians for Alternatives to the
Death Penalty (VADP): Statewide citizens' organization dedicated
to educating the public about alternatives to capital punishment and
providing outreach to the families of murder victims. See also A
Virginia Death Row Site.
- Washington Coalition
to Abolish the Death Penalty: A coalition, created in 1984, of community,
religious, and legal organizations in Washington State opposing capital
punishment. This site provides information on Washington's death penalty
and death row (sometimes more up-to-date than information provided by
the Washington Department of Corrections),
as well as activist alerts, a quarterly newsletter, and other information.
Penalty Sites & Organizations in Other Nations
This list is not comprehensive.
- Australian Coalition Against Death Penalty:
ACADP works against the death penalty internationally and against the
reintroduction of the death penalty to Australia. Australia has no death
- Canadian Coalition
Against the Death Penalty: The CCADP is a non-profit, human rights
organization dedicated to educating on alternatives to the death penalty
worldwide, with a special focus on the U.S. and providing emotional
and practical support to death row inmates, their families, and the
families of murder victims. (Canada does not itself have a death penalty.)
- Fight the Death Penalty in the USA:
A frequently-updated Danish site by Niels Graverholt with extensive
information in both Danish and English, including selected articles
from Danish and German media about U.S. death penalty cases.
A Swiss anti-death penalty organization with information in English,
German, Italian, and Spanish. Lifespark specializes in setting up penfriendships
with U.S. death row inmates.
- Moratorium 2000
International Campaign: Information in English and Italian on a
campaign for an international moratorium on the death penalty by the
year 2000; through the Comunità
di Sant'Egidio, a religious community in Rome.
& Sites Favoring the Death Penalty
Clark County Indiana
Steven D. Stewart, Prosecuting Attorney
for Clark County, Indiana, has established this web site with information
on Indiana's death penalty and an extensive listing of death penalty-related
Death Penalty: A Defence
by David Anderson
Follow the Union Jack link to
the updated English version (published 2001) of a book originally published
in 1998 in Swedish defending the death penalty. This site is also available
A Texas-based not-for-profit advocating
for criminal justice reform with an emphasis on victim rights. Justice
for All is a strong advocate of the death penalty, and has established
a separate site, Prodeathpenalty.com, dedicated to pro-death penalty information
and resources. It has also established Murdervictims.com
for survivors of victims of homicide.
Justice Against Crime
Founded by a father whose daughter was
murdered, this site (formerly Citizens for Law and Order Talking) advocates
swifter application of the death penalty following sentencing, with a
primary focus on death penalty cases in California. Addresses a number
of death penalty issues.
Center for Policy Analysis Idea House: Capital Punishment
The National Center for Policy Analysis
is a nonprofit think tank. This site includes a number of brief pro-death
penalty articles from newspapers and other publications.
Established by the Texas-based
criminal justice reform organization Justice
For All to provide pro-death penalty information and resources.
Parents of a murdered child plea for
help in keeping his murderer in prison. Advocates the death penalty for
A one-page site responding to common
anti-death penalty arguments.