We are Texas Students Against the Death Penalty – Join us!

Texas Students Against the Death Penalty (TSADP) works to end the death penalty through campaigns of public education and the promotion of youth activism. Texas Students Against the Death Penalty (TSADP) is an all-volunteer, grassroots organization formed in 2005 with the primary goal of mobilizing state-wide support for a moratorium on executions and abolition of…read more

16th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty

News Coverage of 16th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty, October 24, 2015. Alfred Dewayne Brown, newly exonerated from Texas death row in June 2015, speaks at the Texas Capitol.  

Rally for Bernardo Tercero

July 9, 2015 PRESS ADVISORY Contact: Gloria Rubac  713-503-2633 Friends and Supporters of Death Row Prisoner Bernardo Tercero to Rally Outside of Nicaraguan Consulate; Will Urge the Consul General to Increase Efforts to Stop Tercero’s August 26 Execution Friends and supporters of Nicaraguan citizen Bernardo Tercero will rally outside of the Nicaraguan consulate today at…read more

Judicial vacancies slow judicial system

Perhaps no one can appreciate the importance of quick access to our federal courts more than death-row inmate Max Soffar. By the time the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rules on his habeas petition in support of his claim of innocence, he might have already died of liver cancer. The fact that the Fifth Circuit,…read more

Help Texas Death Row Survivor Alfred Dewayne Brown

After more than ten years on Texas death row for a crime he did not commit, Alfred Dewayne Brown walked free and into the loving arms of his family and friends on June 8, 2015. “I went in an innocent man and I came out an innocent man,” said Brown. Now, he needs your help…read more

Historic Texas Senate Bill Filed to Abolish Death Penalty in Texas

  Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr has filed legislation to abolish the death penalty in Texas. This is the first time a state senator has ever filed legislation to abolish the death penalty in Texas. It happened because organizations in Texas held the Statewide Texas Lobby Day to Abolish the Death Penalty on March 3 and…read more

A Conversation with Sandra and Rodrick Reed

Rodney Reed’s family has been at the forefront of a 17 year struggle to prove his innocence and win his freedom from Texas’ death row. Recently, Rodney’s mother Sandra, and brother Rodrick, sat down to talk with Lily Hughes about their disappointment in the courts, the need for DNA testing, and the pain of facing…read more

Arnold Prieto

Arnold Prieto, 41, is scheduled today to be the first person executed under Governor Greg Abbott. Arnold is a frequent contributor to the blog minutesbeforesix.blogspot.com, where you can learn about him in his own words. He is deserving of a commutation to life in prison, so call Gov Abbott and urge him to stop today’s…read more


As you are filling out your holiday cards this winter, please remember the men and women who will spend the holiday season behind bars. Opening a holiday card and receiving greetings and words of encouragement from you could really mean a lot to someone who has to spend the holidays away from his or her family….read more

Darby Tillis, Exonerated Death Row Survivor from Illinois Dies at 71

Darby Tillis, a death-row survivor who spent more than nine years incarcerated in Illinois, including four years on death-row, passed away at the age of seventy one. Darby was living in an old limousine in the streets of Chicago. Severely wounded by his experience on death-row, he traveled around the country telling the story of…read more

Execution Watch: Arturo Diaz, Sept. 26

Arturo Diaz talks with a KRGV TV reporter on death row. HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The Lone Star state, for the second time in as many weeks, plans Thursday to execute a poor Latino from the Rio Grande Valley. KPFT-FM’s Execution Watch will broadcast live coverage and commentary on the state killing of Arturo Diaz. RADIO…read more

Execution Watch: Robert Garza 9/19

Robert Garza and Family By Execution WatchHUNTSVILLE, Texas – Texas is preparing to execute Robert Garza, convicted of having a secondary role in a pair of murders. If the state follows through with its plan, Execution Watch will broadcast live coverage and commentary, including a taped interview with Garza. RADIO SHOW PREVIEW EXECUTION WATCH Thursday,…read more

Execution Watch: Douglas Feldman, July 31

Douglas Feldman By ExecutionWatch.orgHUNTSVILLE, Texas — Prison officials are preparing for the execution Wednesday of Douglas Feldman, a Dallas-area financial analyst who argued on appeal that his court-appointed attorneys were ineffective because they failed to give the jury evidence of his bipolar disorder. Unless Feldman receives a stay, Execution Watch will provide live radio coverage,…read more

Execution Watch: John Quintanilla Jr. 7/16 & Vaughn Ross 7/18

John Quintanilla Jr. Vaughn Ross HUNTSVILLE, Texas — The Lone Star State plans to carry out executions No. 501 and No. 502 this week. Barring stays, Execution Watch will air Tuesday and Thursday, carrying live coverage and commentary for each. RADIO SHOW PREVIEW EXECUTION WATCH Unless a stay is issued, we’ll broadcast live: Tuesday, 16…read more

Execution Watch: Kimberly McCarthy, No. 500?

Juneteenth protesters in Houston invoke McCarthy’s name. HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Kimberly McCarthy, who claims jury selection in her trial was tainted by racism, is on track Wednesday to become the 500th person executed in Texas during the modern era. The total dwarfs that of every other state. The closest, Virgina, has put to death 110….read more

Notes from Madrid on the World Congress Against the Death Penalty

The following is a report by Lily Hughes on her recent Madrid trip to participate in the World Congress Against the Death Penalty.   Over the last few days the Campaign to End the Death Penalty has been represented at the 5th Annual World Congress Against the Death Penalty in Madrid, Spain.  Myself and CEDP board member…read more

Execution Watch: Elroy Chester to Die June 12

Elroy Chester HUNTSVILLE – Texas plans to put to death Elroy Chester III Wednesday. Execution Watch will provide live radio coverage and commentary on the state killing, Texas’ 499th of the modern death-penalty era. RADIO SHOW PREVIEW EXECUTION WATCH Unless a stay is issued, we’ll broadcast live: Wednesday, 12 June 2013, 6-7 PM Central Time…read more

Execution Watch: Jefferey Williams, May 15

Jefferey D. Williams HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The Lone Star State is set to draw closer Wednesday to the ignoble distinction of having put to death 500 people in the modern era of the death penalty, far more than any other state.    Texas plans to kill Jefferey D. Williams, whose execution would be No. 498….read more