Links to other death penalty websites
Helpful reports about the death penalty in Washington State
Other helpful reports about the death penalty

Links to other death penalty websites

Safe and Just Alternatives (SJA) – Washington’s death penalty repeal campaign, which includes people of faith, law enforcement officials, family members of crime victims, and community leaders from across the state who believe that the death penalty is wasteful, unfair, and fails to protect public safety. WCADP is a primary leader of SJA.

ACLU of Washington – The ACLU is the nation’s premier organization dedicated to defending and expanding civil liberties and civil rights for all people in America. ACLU-WA and WCADP have always been close partners in the work for death penalty repeal and came together to form Safe and Just Alternatives in 2011.

Inland NW Death Penalty Abolition Group (INDPAG) – a committee of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS). They meet twice a month. As an organization whose mission is to build a just and nonviolent world, PJALS opposes the death penalty.

Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation Committee for Alternatives to the Death Penalty – our close partners down in Olympia. They meet monthly to discuss the death penalty, organize events and actions to support repeal, and participate in Safe and Just Alternatives.

Amnesty International U.S. Death Penalty Repeal Project – Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the offender, or the method used by the state to kill the prisoner. Amnesty has long been a partner of WCADP and has many local groups in Washington State.

Equal Justice USA (EJUSA) – EJUSA is a national, grassroots organization working to build a criminal justice system that is fair, effective, and humane, starting with repealing the death penalty and increasing services for families of homicide victims.

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) – The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is the nation’s oldest organization dedicated exclusively to the abolition of the death penalty. It leads a national movement against the death penalty fueled by a broad-based national constituency and more than 100 affiliate organizations, including WCADP.

Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR) – MVFR advocates for replacing the death penalty with alternatives that keep us safer and that better address the needs of individuals, families and communities harmed by violence.

Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights (MVFHR) – MVFHR was launched on International Human Rights Day, 2004, united in our belief that capital punishment violates all legal and ethical human rights standards.

Death Penalty Information Center – The premiere location for all facts and data about the death penalty in the United States.

Helpful reports about the death penalty in Washington State

WA Death Penalty Costs

Washington’s Death Penalty System: A Review of the Costs, Length, and Results of Capital Cases in Washington State – This report reviews capital cases from 1999 to 2003 to analyze the costs of the death penalty in Washington State. It includes an overview of Washington’s death penalty statute, explains some procedural and substantive differences between capital and non-capital cases (demonstrating why capital cases require significantly greater resources), discusses the Extraordinary Criminal Justice Costs Act (ECJCA), reviews aggravated murder cases petitioned for reimbursement under the ECJCA to compare the costs and time spent on capital cases, and reviews all death sentences that have been imposed under Washington’s current death penalty statute, which provides a historical backdrop to predict likely results of future death penalty cases.

WA Bar Association Report Washington Bar Association: Final Report of the Death Penalty Subcommittee of the Committee on Public Defense (December 2006) – This report provides a comprehensive explanation of the operation of the death penalty in Washington and its costs to the justice system. It also makes recommendations on issues of compensation and quality of defense counsel and other issues in capital cases.
Justice Guy Status Report Status Report on the Death Penalty in Washington State (March 2000) – A report written by the Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, Richard P. Guy.

Other helpful reports about the death penalty

Struck By Lightning

Struck by Lightning: The Continuing Arbitrariness of the Death Penalty Thirty-Five Years After Its Reinstatement in 1976 (released June 22, 2011) – On the 35th anniversary of the death penalty’s reinstatement, this new report from the Death Penalty Information Center shows that the system remains arbitrary and unfair. A majority of the justices from the 1976 decision agree that the death penalty experiment has failed. Race, geography, money, and other arbitrary factors continue to make receiving the death penalty as random as being “struck by lightning,” as Justice Potter Stewart observed.

CA Voices Voices from California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty – The people you will meet in this booklet have endured unimaginable, heartbreaking loss: the murder of a child, a parent, a sibling, a friend. Despite all efforts, their wounds may never entirely heal. Yet they choose to speak. They choose to raise their voices, individually and collectively against the death penalty and to share their most personal and painful stories of loss. All too often, the loved ones of murder victims find that other people purport to speak for them, while their own voices are stilled. They are invoked as a reason to support the death penalty because it is assumed that all victims’ families want executions. Yet, for so many victims’ survivors—like those featured in this booklet—the death penalty solves nothing and can even perpetuate their suffering.
Smart on Crime copy Smart On Crime – This report from the Death Penalty Information Center explores the prospect of saving states hundreds of millions of dollars by ending the death penalty. The report also serves to release a national poll of police chiefs in which they rank the death penalty at the bottom of their priorities for achieving a safer society.
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