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: Mario Swain, 11/8

Mario Swain HUNTSVILLE, Tex. – Texas plans Thursday to put to death Mario Swain, convicted of murder following a three-day trial in which a prosecution-requested jury shuffle put more whites at the front of the panel of prospective jurors.  Execution Watch will broadcast live coverage and commentary. RADIO SHOW PREVIEWEXECUTION WATCH Unless a stay is…read more

Execution Watch: Donnie Roberts 10/31

Donnie Roberts On Halloween, Gov. Rick Perry will preside over his 250th execution when Donnie Roberts is put to death by lethal injection. Execution Watch will broadcast coverage and commentary. RADIO SHOW PREVIEWEXECUTION WATCHUnless a stay is issued, we’ll broadcast live:Wed., Oct. 31, 2012, 6-7 PM Central TimeKPFT FM Houston 90.1, and Online…http://executionwatch.org > ListenJoin…read more

Execution Watch: Bobby Hines 10/24

Bobby Hines HUNTSVILLE, Texas –Bobby Hines is the next person whose name appears on the Texas hit list. Unless Hines receives a stay, his will be the 249th execution under Gov. Rick Perry and the 11th of 2012. Execution Watch will provide coverage and comentary. RADIO SHOW PREVIEWEXECUTION WATCHUnless a stay is issued, we’ll broadcast…read more

Execution Watch: Anthony Haynes, 10/18

Anthony Haynes Texas plans to execute Anthony Haynes Thursday. Unless he gets a stay of execution, Execution Watch will broadcast live coverage and commentary. RADIO SHOW PREVIEWEXECUTION WATCHThurs., Oct. 18, 2012, 6-7 PM Central TimeKPFT FM Houston 90.1, andhttp://executionwatch.org > Listen Join the discussion on Facebook: Execution Watch TEXAS PLANS TO EXECUTE:ANTHONY HAYNES The 33-year-old,…read more

Sarge Foster, Presente!

by Gloria Rubac Tonight the state of Texas murdered a man who was my friend and a friend to so many all over the country and the world. Cleve “Sarge” Foster was a son to Mary, a father to Michael, a grandfather to Yuri, a father-in-law to Rowan and brother to Susie and a number…read more

Texas executed Sarge Cleve Foster tonight

It was so hard for Sarge’s son Michael to let his father go. Michael and Sarge loved each other and this death will hurt so many for so long.Picture by Gloria Rubac

Execution Watch: Cleve ‘Sarge’ Foster 9/25

Cleve ‘Sarge’ Foster HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Undeterred by its three futile attempts last year to execute Cleve “Sarge” Foster, Texas is trying a fourth time. The state responsible for one-third of all U.S. executions in the modern era intends to put the Army veteran to death Tuesday for participating in a murder for which his…read more

Execution Watch: Robert Harris 9/20

Robert Harris Texas plans to execute Thursday a man whose attorneys say he is mentally impaired and therefore ineligible for execution.  Unless the courts intervene, Robert Harris will be strapped to a gurney and put to death with a deliberate drug overdose. Execution Watch will broadcast coverage and analysis, including reporting from outside the death…read more

Execution Watch: John Balentine

John Balentine faces execution Wednesday. By Execution Watch John Balentine of Texas death row has beaten the grim reaper twice. He’s trying for a third time. Texas plans to execute him Wednesday. If the courts reject his last-minute appeals and Texas goes forward, Execution Watch will broadcast coverage, commentary and analysis of unresolved issues in…read more

Execution Watch: Marvin Wilson, Aug. 7

 Marvin Wilson, set for execution in Texas Aug. 7 By Elizabeth SteinProducer, Execution Watch No one disagrees that Marvin Wilson meets widely accepted criteria for mental retardation. No one disagrees the Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional the execution of people who are mentally retarded. But Texas plans to put Wilson to death Tuesday. Unless there’s…read more