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  • Title: Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty | Ending the Death Penalty through Education, Organizing & Advocacy
    Descriptive info: .. Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.. Ending the Death Penalty through Education, Organizing Advocacy.. Join Us.. Donate.. Facebook.. Twitter.. RSS.. Main menu.. Skip to primary content.. Skip to secondary content.. Home.. About Us.. Our Mission.. Staff Board.. Testimonials.. Our History.. Advisory Board.. Learn More.. Reasons to Oppose the Death Penalty.. 2013 Cost Study Legislation.. Virginia s Execution History.. Virginia s Death Row Inmates.. Exonerated Death Row Inmates.. The Conservative Case for Abolition.. Victims Voices.. Justin Wolfe: A Decade of Injustice.. Get Involved.. Contact Lawmakers.. Attend Execution Vigils.. Why Support VADP?.. Resources.. Death Penalty Fact Sheet.. Reports and Studies.. VA DOC qualified to execute?.. A Christian Perspective on the Death Penalty.. Recommended Films Books.. News.. Contact.. VADP led a successful effort to defeat the Electric Chair Default Bill (SB 607), which would have mandated electrocution if lethal injection drugs were "unavailable".. Read More.. I continue to believe the death penalty is a violation of our human rights and poses the danger of killing an innocent person.. As the mother of a murder victim, I oppose the taking of a human life as a punishment for the loss of my daughter, murdered in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on November 4, 1994.. "With few exceptions, defendants who are fortunate enough to receive quality court-appointed attorneys (or are rich enough to be able to hire them) avoid the death penalty.. More often than not, it’s simply the luck of the draw.. ".. Send Us Yours.. 4 Reasons.. The U.. S.. Supreme Court will allow the second capital murder trial of Justin Wolfe to proceed despite prosecutorial misconduct.. More.. A Profile.. Back.. Resume.. Pause.. Forward.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. 6.. VADP is a statewide citizens’ organization dedicated to educating the public about alternatives to the death penalty.. Latest Headlines.. Aug.. 29.. CNN Autopsy shows inmate in botched execution died from injection.. (CNN) A team  ...   supporting his conclusions—then reintroducing public executions would likely have the impact that Friedersdorf and others urge.. Some witnesses would, of course, revel in the savagery.. But many others, comfortable today with capital punishment because they never have to see a death sentence carried out, would be repulsed by what is done in the name of the state.. The evolutionary tensions Hoffman identifies would again be in full harmony.. NY Times Three-Drug Protocol Persists for Lethal Injections, Despite Ease of Using One.. Why, then, do executions by lethal injection sometimes become troubling spectacles? The death in Oklahoma on Tuesday of Clayton D.. Lockett, amid struggling and apparent pain, was not the country’s first bungled execution.. Featured.. Op-Ed by Executive Director, Steve Northup:.. ABA Report On Virginia's Death Penalty "Tinkers with the Machinery of Death".. Brief roundtable on CNN's AC360.. University of Richmond Law Magazine:.. Death Penalty Drugs: A Prescription That's Getting Harder to Fill.. Moyers & Company.. Veteran journalists Martin Clancy and Tim O'brien talk about their book, "Murder at the Supreme Court".. Stephen Colbert and Kirk Bloodsworth.. Last spring, Colbert interviewed the first man exonerated from death row using DNA evidence.. This year his testimony before the MD legislature helped end the death penalty there.. Witness to Innocence.. State Senator Don McEachin and Death Row Exonerees join VADP in Richmond to hear stories of lives nearly lost to an imperfect system.. Jerry Givens - VADP Board Member, Former VA Executioner:.. Family man, member of the church choir, artist.. and former executioner of Virginia's Death Row.. A compelling and uplifting conversation with Jerry about his unique experiences with life, prison, and death.. The Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church has called for elimination of the death penalty in Virginia:.. Read the press release here.. Twitter Feed.. Tweets by @VADP.. P.. O.. Box 4804 Charlottesville, VA 22905.. (434) 960-7779.. office@vadp.. org.. 2014..

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  • Title: Join Us | Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    Descriptive info: Yes, I want to help end the death penalty in Virginia!.. Please fill out the fields below:.. (We ask that you please include in your street address because it is important that we know who your representative is.. ).. First Name.. Last Name.. Email.. Street.. City.. State.. - Select -.. Alabama.. Alaska.. American Samoa.. Arizona.. Arkansas.. California.. Colorado.. Connecticut.. Delaware.. D.. C.. Florida.. Georgia.. Guam.. Hawaii.. Idaho.. Illinois.. Indiana.. Iowa.. Kansas.. Kentucky.. Louisiana.. Maine.. Maryland.. Massachusetts.. Michigan.. Minnesota.. Mississippi.. Missouri..  ...   Mariana Islands.. Ohio.. Oklahoma.. Oregon.. Pennsylvania.. Puerto Rico.. Rhode Island.. South Carolina.. South Dakota.. Tennessee.. Texas.. Utah.. Vermont.. Virgin Islands.. Virginia.. Washington.. West Virginia.. Wisconsin.. Wyoming.. Armed Forces (the) Americas.. Armed Forces Europe.. Armed Forces Pacific.. Alberta.. British Columbia.. Manitoba.. Newfoundland.. New Brunswick.. Nova Scotia.. Northwest Territories.. Nunavut.. Ontario.. Prince Edward Island.. Quebec.. Saskatchewan.. Yukon Territory.. Other.. Zip.. Phone.. We respect the privacy of our members and do not share our member s information with any other organizations or entities..

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  • Title: About Us | Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    Descriptive info: Tell us why you support the abolition movement! Send a paragraph or two to office@vadp.. org along with your name and city and attach a pic if you want! From Supporters Like You: I continue to believe the death penalty is a violation of our human rights and poses the danger of killing an innocent person.. [.. ].. Read More.. Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (VADP) is a  ...   In September of 1991 a group of 22 people opposed to the death penalty gathered to strategize.. Rabbi Daniel Alexander Congregation Beth Israel William G.. Broaddus McGuire Woods Del.. Vincent F Callahan (ret.. ) R-34th District McLean Del.. L Karen Darner (ret.. ) D-49th District Arlington Del.. Albert C.. Eisenberg D-47th District Arlington Del.. Dwight C.. Jones D-70th District Richmond Salim King Khalfani NAACP of Virginia Sen.. Henry L.. Marsh, [..

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  • Title: Our Mission | Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    Descriptive info: Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (VADP) is a statewide citizens organization dedicated to educating the public about alternatives to the death penalty.. The bases for our beliefs and actions include the following:.. The death penalty panders to fear and outrage by attempting to provide a simple solution to complex questions.. The death penalty is ineffective.. Numerous studies show that it does not deter crime.. The death penalty discriminates against: the poor, people of color, and people from rural areas.. Our opposition to the death penalty in no way negates or contradicts our sorrow over the loss of life suffered by murder victims and our compassion and sympathy for  ...   The death penalty saps our economic resources.. Because a system with death as the maximum penalty costs much more than a system with life imprisonment as the maximum penalty, the death penalty wastes tax dollars that could be spent to improve crime prevention and outreach to victims of crime.. Research shows that despite all legal safeguards, innocent people have been wrongly convicted of murder and have been killed by the state.. After 140 death row exonerations, common sense tells us that, because humans err, the justice system simply cannot be made foolproof.. Some innocent people will die as long as we have a death penalty.. These mistakes can never be corrected..

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  • Title: Staff & Board | Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    Descriptive info: VADP Staff.. Stephen Northup, Esq.. Executive D.. irector.. Steve is a 1967 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1974 graduate of Harvard Law School.. He is a retired partner from the Richmond office of Troutman Sanders LLP where he practiced law for 35 years.. During his legal career, Steve has represented a number of prisoners in post-conviction challenges to their convictions and sentences, including two inmates on Virginia’s death row.. Steve and his wife Wendy Bauers Northup live outside Ashland, VA.. Matt Sellman.. Associate Director.. Matt grew up in Vienna, VA.. In 1999, he graduated with a BA in Multimedia from James Madison University s School of Media, Arts, and Design.. He has worked as a media analyst at UVA s Miller Center for Public Affairs and in media production in the San Francisco Bay Area.. Matt joined VADP on January 1, 2008 after returning to Virginia with his family.. He has three children and lives near Charlottesville, VA.. VADP Board of Directors.. Mary Atwell.. Roanoke, VA.. Mary Atwell is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Radford University where she also chairs the Criminal Justice department.. A Virginia citizen since 1972, Mary grew up in St.. Louis, Missouri and attended Webster College and Saint Louis University.. Much of her research has involved topics related to capital punishment and she has published.. Evolving Standards of Decency: Popular Culture and Capital Punishment.. (2004) and.. Wretched Sisters: Examining Gender and Capital Punishment.. (2007).. She is at work on a revised edition of.. Wretched Sisters.. and on a study of the execution of foreign nationals in the United States.. Mary served on the board of VADP from 2003 to 2008.. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley and of Bethany Hall, a residential drug treatment center for women in Roanoke.. Helena Cobban.. Charlottesville, VA.. Helena is the owner of Just World Books, a small book-publishing company headquartered in Charlottesville.. Previously, she was a writer, researcher and program organizer on global affairs.. She had a long relationship with.. The Christian Science Monitor.. She worked as a Beirut-based regional correspondent for the paper during 1976-81, and contributed a regular column on Middle Eastern and other global issues to it during 1990-2007.. She has written for many other outlets, including the.. Sunday Times.. (London),.. The Nation.. (New York), Foreign Policy.. com, the BBC, and.. Boston Review.. , where she is a Contributing Editor.. Four of the seven books she has published since 1984 have been on different aspects of the Arab-Israeli issue, and one has been on retributive versus restorative justice.. Since 2003, she has published the well-regarded blog on international affairs, Just World News.. She was a co-director of Search for Common Ground s Middle East Initiative, 1991-92.. Ms.. Cobban is a member of Charlottesville Friends Meeting.. She speaks French and Arabic.. She is married to UVA professor William B.. Quandt and has three adult children.. Matthew Engle, Esq.. President of the Board.. Matt Engle is the legal director of the UVA Law School s Innocence Project Clinic (pictured far left).. As the clinic s legal director, Matt helps students identify innocence cases and works with students to represent the wrongfully convicted.. Before arriving at UVA, Matt worked at the Office of the Virginia Capital Defender, a public defender office that specializes in capital murder cases.. At the Office of the Capital Defender, he represented indigent clients facing potential death sentences in trial courts throughout northern Virginia and on appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia.. Matt, a Cleveland native, graduated from Washington and Lee School of Law in 2001.. Afterward, he worked in Charlottesville at the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center, where he represented Virginia death row inmates in state and federal habeas corpus litigation, appeals and clemency proceedings.. Dr.. Gregory Gelburd.. Greg Gelburd was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up on the Jersey Shore.. He attended Wake Forest University, received an MS from University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, and D.. from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.. Greg moved to Greensboro, North Carolina where he did his residency in family medicine at Moses Cone Hospital.. He then practiced in a Community Health Center in Bertie County (2.. nd.. poorest county in the state) for four years.. Since 1989, Greg has practiced in Charlottesville, VA and for the last eight years in a community oriented office with a sliding scale.. Greg has taken 26 medical trips to Honduras over past 16 years, 4 medical trips to Haiti in the past 2 years, and 4 medical trips to  ...   part in.. To them, death does not equal justice and does not promote healing; nor will it honor the ones they lost.. Since then, Linell has spoken in the legislature against the death penalty, and at events to support moratoriums, and the abolition of the death penalty.. Linell is a RN on the oncology unit at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.. She received both her social work and nursing degree from Eastern Mennonite University.. Linell currently lives in Harrisonburg, VA with her husband, Daniel, and their dog, Katy.. Rev.. Lauren Cogswell Ramseur.. Norfolk, VA.. Lauren is a 1996 graduate of James Madison University with a BA in Interdisciplinary Social Science and a 2000 graduate of Candler School of Theiology of Emory University with a Masters of Divinity.. She was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in November of 2000.. She became deeply involved in the anti-death penalty movement while serving as a pastor at the Open Door Community in Atlanta, GA where she organized to end the death penalty and led the vigils at the state capital when executions were scheduled.. She provided pastoral care for five years for men on death row, including accompanying Jack Alderman and Curtis Osborne through their death watch and exeution.. She also served on the board of directors for New Hope House, a ministry to people on Georgia s death row and their familis.. Following that work, she became engaged in the field of restorative justice, and became a victim outreach specialist, working with family members of victims in death penalty cases.. She served as the Project Coordinator for the Council for Restorative Justice and assisted in the training of defense attorneys and victim outreach specialists in the work of Defense Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO).. She has served a s a victim outreach specialist on death penalty cases in Georgia, Florida and Virginia.. Lauren is currently serving as the Interim Pastor at Lynn haven Colony Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Virginia Beach.. She also serves on the leadership team for Virginia Organizing, South Hampton Roads Chapter.. She is married to Doug Ramseur, the Capital Defender for Southeastern Virginia.. They live in Norfolk, VA and have one child.. Meghan Shapiro, Esq.. Alexandria, VA.. Meghan is a solo criminal defense attorney in Alexandria Virginia, and a former Deputy Capital Defender for the Northern Virginia Capital Defender Officer.. The majority of her law practice is devoted to capital defense work, including challenges to Virginia s methods of execution.. Prior to working for the Capital Defender, Meghan clerked for the Honorable Leonie M.. Brinkema, Federal District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Alexandria.. Meghan received her J.. D.. in 2009 from the University of Texas School of Law, where she studied at the school s Capital Punishment Center and worked for a number of career capital litigators in Texas, Alabama, Philadelphia, and Richmond.. She has published a handful of pieces on capital punishment law, including in the American Journal of Criminal Law.. A native Virginian, she is proud to be back and fighting on behalf of indigent men and women facing the death penalty in her home state, but dismayed by the shortcomings of Virginia s criminal justice system that so often crystalize during capital proceedings.. Kent Willis.. Arlington, VA.. Born and raised in Virginia, Kent is a 1971 graduate of William and Mary with an AB in philosophy.. He worked in Richmond as an advocate for progressive issues for nearly 40 years, first for environmental reform (Bay Committee) and later for the rights of persons with disabilities (Goodwill Industries) and racial fairness in housing (Housing Opportunities Made Equal, where he was executive director for five of his ten years with the organization).. From 1987 to 2012, Kent was employed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, the last 23 years as executive director.. At the ACLU, Kent helped to establish Virginians to Abolish the Death Penalty, VADP’s predecessor that formed in the late 1980s.. In 1998, he secured a grant to produce the first comprehensive study of the death penalty in Virginia,.. Unequal, Unfair and Irreversible.. , which was followed by.. Broken Justice.. , a second critique of the death penalty by the ACLU.. Importantly, the ACLU recognized VADP as the state’s preeminent voice for death penalty reform and provided free office space and clerical support for its Richmond operations for nearly ten years as a means of advancing the shared objectives of the two organizations.. Kent has been married to Sheila Crowley, president of the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, since 1984.. He has two step-daughters and six grandchildren..

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  • Title: Why Support VADP? | Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    Descriptive info: org along with your name and city and attach a pic if you want!.. From Supporters Like You:.. My donation is in the mail.. With best wishes,.. Neva Herrington.. As a Virginian, born and raised, I ve always cared about making a difference in my community.. Growing up, I volunteered at the local food pantry, baked cookies for the fire fighters who lived across the street, and donated my old clothes to the domestic violence shelter.. Whenever I saw a problem, I felt compelled to address it by taking action with my family and friends.. As I grew older and gained my own resources, I began to understand the importance of philanthropy and donated money to the people I saw hurting and the places I saw helping.. All the while, Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty was addressing, and continues to address, a problem that I wasn t seeing people being killed by the death penalty.. As the only organization educating Virginians about our state s death penalty, one of the most deeply flawed systems in the country, I am moved by their commitment to social justice and the deep understanding of the life of.. every human being.. As the rest of the country looks to Virginia to be the first southern state to abolish the death penalty, I am proud to support this organization.. This year, I made my first gift to VADP, but I can guarantee that it won t be my last.. Will you consider joining me and.. make a gift today.. ? With our help, VADP can educate fellow Virginians about alternatives to the death penalty and create meaningful change for families, communities, and the state of Virginia.. Thanks,.. Colleen Clark.. My name is Molly Easton and I am a huge supporter of Steve Northrup and VADP.. Before being introduced to Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, I had no interest in the complex issues behind this policy.. I could see no way in which the death penalty or criminal justice system could be improved or affected my life.. It was a normal day for me as a senior at Walsingham Academy in tiny, touristy Williamsburg.. My religion class, Doing Faith Justice, had for the past few days been filled with the details of Troy Davis, a death row inmate from Georgia widely believed to be innocent.. My teacher Mrs.. Kelleher, a passionate defender of social justice, had given us articles about the case, and had attended a peace vigil in Richmond in support of Troy.. There, she was lucky to meet Steve Northrup, and immediately bonded with him over their mutual Notre Dame connection.. He was kind enough to speak to our class about VADP, a different case involving Justin Wolfe, and the moral and practical case against the death penalty.. Mr.. Northrup captured the full attention of my class, no easy feat, with his patient explanations and meticulous details of the case.. We walked out of the auditorium outraged by this injustice, but also very impressed with his advocacy.. It became clear that such a miscarriage of justice is a human rights violation, one that we should all care about.. I spoke to him for a few extra minutes as he was kind enough to answer all my questions and give me handouts with statistics about the death penalty.. Since then, VADP has deeply affected my interests and passions.. I have returned to them for information about the Justin Wolfe case and how to help.. I took a class at University of Virginia called “Prisons and U.. Society.. ” I love watching documentaries and reading up on other death penalty cases, staying informed on this crucial issue.. None of this would have happened without Mr.. Northrup’s life-changing presentation.. I will always be grateful to him and VADP for the vital and necessary work they do.. Testimonials from our Board of Directors:.. That is why I’m proud to join the Board of VADP and why you should support their work because I know they are fighting for justice.. My opposition to the death penalty arose out of my work with felons in a furlough program in Cleveland, Ohio.. Getting to know people who had committed crimes, often terrible crimes, was an eye-opening experience.. These were fundamentally good people.. Often they were mentally ill, usually they were addicts, in every case they were complex human beings who could not fairly be judged by their worst moments.. I worked with one inmate in particular, Thomas, who had served over 25 years for a murder he committed as a young man.. The Thomas I came to know was was one of the humblest, most decent, caring people I’ve ever met.. For years after I worked with him, Thomas would return to my office to talk, to bring me gifts, to thank me for helping him, and to learn how he could help other people in his situation.. I started to ask myself why someone like Thomas could be afforded a chance to rehabilitate himself, to become the person he was capable of being, while others who committed similar crimes would be written off by society entirely and killed by the state.. Having now worked on death penalty cases for over a decade, I believe that the single biggest determining factor to whether or not a  ...   sudden, these guys went out and did something that caused them to lose their life.. We d join hands and I would pray with them.. And if they didn t want to pray, when I shaved their head I put my palm on there and I prayed silently for them.. Some of them were hard.. It made you get home and think about it.. I made up my mind that, if someone was innocent, then I wouldn t want to be a part of that.. So I asked myself and started praying over it and said, God, if I killed an innocent person, forgive me.. I look at it now and I can trace back where things started to go wrong in their lives.. Instead of passing laws to increase the death penalty, why not put them toward schools, which is where these problems start? Then you can save money.. The death penalty is expensive.. It takes millions to kill someody.. You can take 2-3 million dollars just to take a life, or you can take a half a million to save a life what is more important?.. The state of Virginia looks at death as a form of punishment.. A lot of people look at it as revenge.. But death is something that we all have to face.. We should be more advanced about life because Jesus was executed, and we re still executing people today.. But you don t have to kill them.. You can let them die there in prison.. The judge can even call the sentence death in prison.. The thing is the killing, that s the thing.. Virginia kills people.. And who are we? The executioner.. I didn t enjoy what I was doing.. I didn t enjoy killing and I wouldn t wish that burden on anybody.. I believe the death penalty is wrong and I support VADP because they are working hard to end it in Virginia.. - Jerry Givens.. Life is precious.. Murder is a heinous crime that takes away that life all of us crave to keep.. And yet, even when there is no doubt that a person has taken another life, that life is still precious.. I have been to death row, visiting three men, two of whom are dead now and one who has recently been taken off death row and will likely be freed soon.. That afternoon nine years ago has changed my life forever, it is the reason I serve on the VADP board, and why I am fighting as a Christian for life.. Lastly, practically speaking, the cost to keep someone in prison an entire lifetime is less than to keep an inmate on death row because of the legal work required to allow re-examining that verdict.. To those of us who work to balance our state budget, this reason alone is enough to end the death penalty.. - Greg Gelburd, MD.. I ve been a strong supporter of VADP ever since I moved to the Commonwealth from Washington DC, in 1997.. The realization that i was moving into a death-penalty state was one of the very discomforting ways in which that simple move across the Potomac River seemed to plunge me back into the Middle Ages.. (The other one was the continued existence and occasional use of the anti-sodomy laws here.. ) I felt a responsibility, as a Virginian, to try to end this very anti-humane and unfair practice as soon as possible.. I grew up in England.. My father was an unpaid civil magistrate, sitting on a district court bench pro-bono for one day a week.. One of his other occasional responsibilities was to go and be a witness when the Oxford Assize Court would be hanging someone.. He always came home from those executions very somber and then, in the late 1960s and early 1970s a nationwide movement to abolish the death penalty eventually became successful.. So I know that can happen here, as well as there.. meantime, looked at globally, our country s continued embrace of capital punishment seems like a very pre-modern way for our society to be acting.. I am also a Quaker, and know that there is that of the Divine in everyone and that everyone is capable of continued transformation in their own lives.. I find it quite unacceptable that our state, or any state, would seek to cut off that process by taking it upon itself to simply snuff out the life of a citizen.. I feel blessed to be able to work with the great, inspiring group of people who make up VADP.. ~ Helena Cobban (The photo is of me with a daughter and a grand-daughter.. I am opposed to the death penalty because I believe that life is sacred.. As a Christian minister, I am a disciple of Jesus who was himself an innocent man executed by the state.. I follow Jesus’ teachings to go beyond the call of the Ten Commandments that teach us that to kill another person by any means is wrong (Exodus 20:13) and to love my enemies (Matthew 5:44).. Jesus teaches forgiveness without limit (Matthew 18:21-22) and that the greatest commandment is that we love one another( Matthew 22:36-37).. Ultimately, I believe that no one is outside of the reach of God’s redeeming love.. - Rev.. Lauren Ramseur..

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  • Title: Our History | Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    Descriptive info: One of the points brought out at the meeting was a 1989 survey conducted by the Center for Survey Research at Virginia Commonwealth University.. The independent survey found that while Virginians supported the death penalty, support decreased to a minority when Virginians were given the alternative of life with no possibility of parole for a minimum of 25 years combined with restitution to the victims family.. It was decided that a steering committee would gather to see how we could use this poll to educate Virginians about the death penalty.. On November 9, 1991 a steering committee of 13 people gathered and thus VIRGINIANS AGAINST STATE KILLING (VASK) was formed.. A year later it was decided to change our name to VIRGINIANS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO  ...   to drop the familiar VASK acronym and call ourselves VIRGINIANS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO THE DEATH PENALTY (VADP).. We felt this would be a very positive change as people would react more positively to us as well as wanting to discuss the alternatives that we proposed.. Since the 1989 VCU survey the Center for Survey Research at Virginia Tech in its Quality of Life in Virginia survey has found similar results in its polling every year since 1993.. Around 80% of Virginians support the death penalty when asked if they are for or against.. Support drops by half to a minority when Virginians are given the alternative of life, with no possibility of parole for a minimum of 25 years combined with restitution to the victims family..

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  • Title: Advisory Board | Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    Descriptive info: Rabbi Daniel Alexander.. Congregation Beth Israel.. William G.. Broaddus.. McGuire Woods.. Del.. R-34th District McLean.. D-49th District Arlington.. Eisenberg.. D-47th District Arlington.. Jones.. D-70th District Richmond.. Salim King Khalfani.. NAACP of Virginia.. Sen.. Marsh, III.. D-16th District Richmond.. Harvey B.. Morgan.. R-98th District Gloucester.. Jack Payden-Travers.. Social Responsibility Educator/Organizer.. Kenneth R.. Plum.. D-36th District Reston.. Bishop Neff Powell.. Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern VA.. Cessar L.. Scott.. Baptist General Convention.. Congressman Bobby Scott.. D-3rd District..

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  • Title: Learn More | Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    Descriptive info: Moral/Philosophical Whether guided by principles of faith ( thou shalt not kill ), logic (why do we kill people who kill people to prove that killing people is wrong?), or proper governance (the state should not kill its own citizens), the vast majority of free, modern democratic societies have rejected the death penalty as unnecessary and [.. Since 1973, 144 people have been exonerated from death row in the United States.. Virginia has exonerated one person, Earl Washington, Jr.. An Expendable Man, Margaret Edds’ excellent book about the Earl Washington case, demonstrates how alarmingly easy it is to get confessions from innocent people and then sentence them to death.. Read the [.. To think [.. 2013 Death Penalty Cost Study Legislation.. At a  ...   Committee (JLARC) for any more studies this year.. The Committee passed [.. Virginia has a long and dark history with the death penalty.. The first execution in the New World took place in Virginia in 1608 when Captain George Kendall was executed in Jamestown for spying.. Throughout its history as a colony and a state, Virginia has executed more than 1300 people, more than any other state.. Name DOB Race Venue Crime Inmate Number Date Entered William Burns 4-30-66 W Shenandoah Co.. Murder/rape 282267 5-12-00 Anthony Juniper 11-23-71 B Norfolk Capital Murder 343777 4-1-05 Ivan Teleguz 11-17-78 W Rockingham Co Murder for hire 360579 7-18-06 Ricky Javon Gray 3-9-77 B Richmond Capital murder-two counts 364382 10-23-06 Thomas A Porter 11-1-75 B Norfolk [..

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  • Title: Reasons to Oppose the Death Penalty | Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    Descriptive info: Moral/Philosophical.. Whether guided by principles of faith ( thou shalt not kill ), logic (why do we kill people who kill people to prove that killing people is wrong?), or proper governance (the state should not kill its own citizens), the vast majority of free, modern democratic societies have rejected the death penalty as unnecessary and unjust.. The United States stands along-side China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea as countries that annually execute the greatest number of people.. Innocence.. There have been.. over 140 exonerations.. from death row nationwide since 1973.. Virginia came within days of executing Earl Washington Jr.. before he obtained counsel, who were eventually able to prove his innocence through DNA evidence.. The majority of capital cases have no biological evidence to test.. Because the criminal justice system is not foolproof, capital punishment inevitably carries with it the risk of executing innocent persons.. VADP Board President, Matthew Engle, is Co-Director of the Innocence Project Clinic at UVA Law School.. Click here.. to visit their website and watch a video about their mission.. Arbitrariness.. Race plays a role..  ...   black defendant/white victim = 228 executions.. (Death Penalty Information Center).. Geography Determines Execution Rates.. Since 1977, more than 80% of all US executions have been carried out in the south.. During that time, Virginia has executed 109 persons, which is second only to Texas during the same period of time.. In Virginia, murder convictions ending in the death penalty are twice as likely in suburban and rural jurisdictions as in urban jurisdictions.. Cost.. No cost study has yet been done in VIRGINIA.. Other jurisdictions that have conducted studies have found that that a system with death as the maximum penalty costs significantly more than a system in which life imprisonment is the maximum penalty.. In MARYLAND, a recent study found that it costs:.. $1.. 1 million to prosecute a capital eligible case in which the death penalty is not sought.. 8 million to prosecute a capital-eligible case in which prosecutors unsuccessfully sought the death penalty.. $3 million to prosecute a capital-eligible case resulting in the death penalty.. (Urban Institute, The Cost of the Death Penalty in Maryland, March 2008).. 2012 Vote Tracker..

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  • Title: 2013 Death Penalty Cost Study Legislation | Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
    Descriptive info: The Committee passed the bill by for the day with the hope that they could find another agency or entity to do the study.. Following the meeting, I discussed the situation with the sponsor, Senator Janet Howell, and we both agreed that no other agency or entity besides JLARC can do the kind of study that is needed.. We were both encouraged by the bipartisan support for a study and believe that will bode well for bringing the matter up again next year, when we hope there will be more capacity at JLARC.. On Monday, February 4, the Rules Committee passed the resolution by indefinitely, thereby tabling it for the year.. Thanks to all of you who contacted Senators on the Rules Committee to express your support for SJR 316!.. Please take a moment to thank Senator Howell for sponsoring the resolution.. Here is her contact information:.. Janet Howell (D) Chief Patron SJR 316.. Phone:(804) 698-7532.. Fax:(804) 698-7651.. district32@senate.. virginia.. gov.. 1/13: The 2013 session of the General Assembly is well under way.. The best news for death penalty opponents is that there are no proposed bills to expand capital punishment by repeal of the so-called Triggerman Rule.. As you will recall, for the past several years supporters of capital punishment have introduced such bills and each year VADP has led a successful effort to defeat them.. Last year the bills failed to emerge from the Senate Courts of Justice Committee because two Republican members of the Committee (and all the Democratic members) did not vote in favor of them.. We do not know why death penalty supporters decided not to introduce these bills this year.. Perhaps they realized, following last year s vote, that the bills would likely fail again, given that the makeup of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee is unchanged from last year.. There is a capital punishment-related bill this year and it is one that VADP has led the effort to introduce.. The bill is Senate Joint Resolution 316, calling for a study by the Joint Legislative and Review Commission (JLARC) of the costs of capital punishment in Virginia.. You can read SJR No..  ...   Here.. to find out how your legislator voted on the death penalty in 2012.. Find your representative by.. clicking here.. For the past five years, VADP and our allies were able to successfully defeat death penalty expansion legislation in the General Assembly.. In 2012 the Virginia s Senate and House offered up identical bills to expand the death penalty - Senate Bill 58 and House Bill 389.. VADP opposed both bills as bad public policy for Virginia.. Senate Bill 58/House Bill 389 sought to repeal the Virginia rule that, with three exceptions, accessories to capital murder are not subject to the death penalty.. This rule is often referred to as the Triggerman Rule.. This phrase is a misnomer, because under current Virginia law, all those who participate in a killing that qualifies as capital murder can be prosecuted for capital murder even if they did not pull the trigger that caused the killing.. For example, John Allen Muhammad, who was the spotter in the sniper shootings, was successfully prosecuted for capital murder even though he did not shoot any of the victims.. Because current Virginia law already makes the worst of the worst subject to the death penalty,.. redefining the Triggerman Rule is not necessary.. In today s world, in which we are reminded almost daily that our criminal justice system makes mistakes and convicts innocent persons, we should not be expanding capital punishment by making additional categories of defendants subject to the death penalty.. Redefining the Triggerman Rule will increase the risk that Virginia will execute an innocent person.. Because capital cases are so expensive to prosecute and because death penalty expansion would increase the number of capital prosecutions,.. there will be a substantial fiscal impact on the Commonwealth.. if the General Assembly redefines the Triggerman Rule.. In 2012 the Triggerman Bill did not win the support of a sufficient number of votes in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee and, therefore, failed to pass.. The vote was 6Y 8N 1A.. All seven Democrats voted against the bill, as did one Republican.. Another Republican abstained and did not vote due to a conflict of interest in the outcome..

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