December 19, 2005

Death Penalty Links

Death Penalty News and Updates:
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Canadian Citizens Against the Death Penalty:
Standdown Project:
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December 15, 2005

New Jersey Senate Approves Moratorium on Death Penalty

New Jersey Would be First State in 'Modern Era' to Enact Moratorium Law

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

WASHINGTON - December 15 – Amid growing national concern over flaws with capital punishment, the New Jersey Senate Thursday approved a one-year ban on executions in the state and said it would study how the death penalty is administered.

If the legislation is approved by the New Jersey General Assembly in January, New Jersey’s Legislature will become the first since executions resumed in the 1970s to approve a moratorium. Two other states – Illinois and Maryland – enacted moratoriums as a result of executive orders.

The bill, sponsored by Democrat Reed Gisciora and Republican Christopher ‘Kip’ Bateman, passed on a strong 30 to 6 vote. NCADP helped its affiliate, New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, by mobilizing death penalty opponents in New Jersey and urging them to contact their state senators.

New Jersey’s action comes at a time when voters increasingly are questioning whether innocent people are sentenced to death. Just last month, the Houston Chronicle published an investigative series strongly suggesting that a person executed in Texas, Ruben Cantu, may well have been innocent.

“Across the country, people are becoming increasingly aware that the death penalty risks executing the innocent and discriminates on the basis of race, geography and whether one can afford a good lawyer,” said Diann Rust-Tierney, executive director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. “New Jersey legislators are responding to this growing awareness. No one wants an innocent person to spend even one day on death row, much less be executed.”

Rust-Tierney noted that two other states, California and North Carolina, have approved bills creating commissions that will study the death penalty. She predicted that within the next two years a number of states will debate abolition and moratorium bills, other death penalty reforms and bills to examine capital punishment.

December 08, 2005

The Justice Theater Project

The Justice Theater Project is currently accepting registrations for its Performing Arts Summer Series (PASS) for students entering grades 2 to 8. Set against the backdrop of The Justice Theater Project, students immerse themselves in all aspects of the craft and artistry of theatre.

In a supportive community, our participants exercise their powers of imagination, build self-confidence, and explore what it means to work in a creative ensemble.

For three weeks, students work with professional theater instructors studying acting, stage movement, improvisation, character development, various forms of physical theatre, sign language for theatre, and the disciplines of design and production (costumes, makeup, props and lights) which culminate in the fully mounted production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and demonstrate the skills learned throughout the session.

The Justice Theater Project

December 02, 2005

Amnesty USA

"The death penalty is no more effective a deterrent than life imprisonment... It is also evident that the burden of capital punishment falls upon the poor, the ignorant and the underprivileged members of society." - United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Each year since 1976, three more countries a year have added their names to the list of countries that have abolished the death penalty. A majority of nations have ended capital punishment in law or practice.

The United Nations Human Rights Commission has passed a resolution calling for all nations that continue to execute to restrict the number of offenses for which the death penalty may be imposed and to suspend executions with a view toward abolishing the death penalty.

While most nations have abolished the death penalty in law or practice, the U .S. continues to join a handful of nations with the highest numbers of executions. The U.S. has executed over 800 people since 1976, and as of December 2002, over 3,700 men and women were on death rows across the country.

No More Killing. Abolish the Death Penalty.

AmnestyUSA - About the Death Penalty