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Giving a Voice to the Family: Why I Oppose the Death Penalty

Date: February 8, 2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Central Lutheran Church - Parish Hall (1710 11th Avenue, Seattle)
Join Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation, ACLU of Washington, Faith Action Network, and the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty as we hear a voice that is often overlooked in the public debate around the death penalty.  Parking is free until 3 PM in the Diamond lot next to the Churches Parish Hall. Read More »
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Study Finds Death Penalty Cases in Washington Cost Much More Than Non-Death Penalty Cases

A new in-depth study by Seattle University researchers has found that cases in Washington in which the death penalty was sought cost over $1 million more than similar cases in which prosecutors did not seek capital punishment. Read More »
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Death row inmate almost pays the ultimate price. We foot the bill.

The extraordinary expense of Washington’s death penalty cases was in the news again this month, with taxpayers on the hook for most of the cost. Read More »
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ACLU Brief Says Conviction and Capital Sentence Should Be Overturned Because of Racial Bias

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees every person the right to a fair trial.  However, if the prosecution is making racist remarks and presenting racially-charged evidence throughout the trial, this right is violated. Read More »

Choosing Reason over Revenge: Former Governor Dan Evans Speaks Out on the Death Penalty

Opponents to the death penalty have been stating many reasons, for many years, why the death penalty should be removed from our judicial system. In March of this year, Daniel J. Evans, our former governor, added his powerful voice and told the Washington Legislature about his reasons: “When I became governor in 1965 the death penalty was not an issue. Challenges of redistricting, education, social services, and transportation filled the legislative agenda. Read More »

Hearing Educated Legislators about Failings of Death Penalty

Earlier this March, Washington’s House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on HB 1504, legislation that would replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. Read More »

Lobbying in Olympia to End the Death Penalty

On February 12th, nearly 60 concerned people from 26 legislative districts came together to voice their opposition to Washington state’s death penalty. From Bellingham and Vancouver to Spokane and Walla Walla, constituents trekked to Olympia to meet with their elected officials. Read More »

The Death Penalty, Pro and Con: A Panel Discussion

Date: February 27, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Sullivan Hall, Seattle University School of Law
The ACLU at Seattle University Law will hold a free panel discussion on diversity and the death penalty. Read More »

Facing Race and the Death Penalty

Recently, a group of community organizations released Facing Race, a report that assesses that the voting records of Washington state legislators in promoting racial equity. Notably, the report recognizes ending the death penalty is one change that our state representatives should make to advance the goal of racial justice in Washington. Read More »

Family Members of Murder Victims Speak Out Against Death Penalty

Nov 30, 2012
At a press conference in the State Capitol, family members of murder victims talked about why the death penalty  does not meet their needs. They urged passage of legislation to replace the death penalty in Washington with life in prison without parole. Read More »