Resource Directory

Abolitionist Action Committee

The AAC is an ad-hoc group of individuals committed to highly visible and effective public education for alternatives to the death penalty through nonviolent direct action.

Australian Coalition Against Death Penalty

Australian Coalition Against Death Penalty is a non-profit organization, established in Melbourne, Australia, working for abolition of the death penalty worldwide by campaigning against government violations of international human rights laws and standards including the ultimate violation of the most fundamental universal human right- the right to life.

Campaign to End the Death Penalty

CEDP is the only national membership-driven, chapter-based grassroots organization dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment in the United States. We have active chapters in cities and campuses across the country -- from Berkeley, California, to Austin, Texas to Chicago, Illinois. We work hand in hand with those who have experienced the horrors of death row firsthand--death row prisoners themselves their family members--and work to ensure that their voices are at the forefront of our movement.

Campaign to End the Death Penalty

Caitlin Adams' blog about Rodney Reed, a death row prisoner in Bastrop, Texas.

Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty

CCAPD is s not for profit organization dedicated to abolishing the death penalty. Site includes inmates currently on death row, executed prisoners, prison pen pals, upcoming execution dates, and those who have been exonerated, re sentenced, and released.

Capital Punishment and the Catholic Church

Site includes catholic teaching, organizations, ethics and capital punishments, articles and other resources.

Catholics Against Capital Punishment

CACP strives to insure that members of the clergy and laypeople -- both Catholic and non-Catholic -- are aware of, and understand the seriousness of, Church teachings on capital punishment. It seeks to instill in elected officials the courage to resist the temptation to support the death penalty as a politically-expedient way of promoting themselves as "tough on crime."

Citizens United for Alternatives to Death Penalty

CUADP works to end the death penalty in the United States through aggressive campaigns of public education, and the promotion of tactical grassroots activism. CUADP's mission contains two areas of focus: Invigorated education about viable alternatives to the death penalty and strategic and tactical grassroots activism.

Coloradans Against the Death Penalty

Coloradans Against the Death Penalty (CADP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to abolishing the death penalty in Colorado. We are concerned citizens, religious leaders, political leaders, criminal defense lawyers, and relatives of murder victims.

Convictions of Innocent Persons

WCADP seeks to abolish the death penalty. We work to educate the public, advocate through activities in the community, and inform political leaders. WCADP fulfills its mission by: Providing newsletters, other written resources, and an active Speaker's Bureau; Coordinating anti-death penalty activities across the State of Washington; Working with the media; Educating the Legislature; and Supporting Washington State death row prisoners.

Criminal Justice Legal Foundation

A California-based nonprofit public interest law organization dedicated to restoring a balance between the rights of crime victims and the criminally accused. Site includes summaries of recent cases of interest in California, U.S. Court of Appeals, and U.S. Supreme Court, with index of amicus curiae briefs filed by CJLF.

Citizens United for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a group of people seeking to abolish state and federal executions in the United States.

Death Penalty Focus

Founded in 1988, Death Penalty Focus is a non-profit organization dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment through grassroots organizing, research, and the dissemination of information about the death penalty and its alternatives.

Death Penalty Information Center

A non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. The Center was founded in 1990 and prepares in-depth reports, issues press releases, conducts briefings for journalists, and serves as a resource to those working on this issue. The Center is widely quoted and consulted by all those concerned with the death penalty.

Death Row Speaks

mission, the organizers wish to increase awareness of the death penalty and directly related issues; to win additional support of our position; and to encourage activism on the part of our visitors. This website brings information on the death penalty from both inside and outside the prison. On this website you will find profiles, poems, artwork, essays and all kinds of materials contributed by death row inmates all over America. We give information on upcoming executions, methods and the history of the death penalty.

A grassroots anti-death penalty advocacy organization inspired by San Quentin, Ca death row inmates, their families, friends, and others interested in achieving social change through education of facts and issues regarding the death penalty.

Fight the Death Penalty in the US

This website is dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty in the USA.

Georgian's for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

GFADP is a statewide network of religious leaders, relatives of murder victims, academic leaders, political leaders and concerned citizens who seek to end the use of execution as a method of punishment. We instead seek alternatives which uphold our highest moral and civic values. Please join us in this historic effort!

A resource for voters, legislators, students, and others interested in the Illinois experience with capital punishment. Site includes articles, tools, and downloads.

International Justice Project

The International Justice Project works towards the development, coordination and increased employment of international law and human rights standards as they pertain to capital punishment.


The Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Lamp of Hope

The Lamp of Hope Project was founded by Texas Death Row prisoners. The non-profit organization's goals include: To educate the public about the death penalty and alternatives; To support victims' families by promoting healing and reconciliation; and To support prisoners' families, thereby breaking the cycle of violence.

Moratorium Campaign

Not-for-profit, nonpolitical organization dedicated to obtaining a moratorium on the death penalty internationally.

Murder Victims for Family Reconciliation

Our mission is to abolish the death penalty by organizing murder victims' families and families of the executed to become an effective voice opposing the death penalty. We also educate the victims' community and the larger public about the issues surrounding the death penalty and activate communities to work for abolition of the death penalty.

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Since its inception in 1976, NCADP has been the only fully staffed national organization exclusively devoted to abolishing capital punishment. NCADP provides information, advocates for public policy, and mobilizes and supports individuals and institutions that share our unconditional rejection of capital punishment.

Not So Innocent

Article by Rasesh Pnnuru from the National Review in 2002. He argues that the claim that over 100 innocent people have been released from death row is not true. He explains that DPIC counts people as "innocent" when they were released from death row for reasons unrelated to any belief that they did not commit the crime charged

Ohio's Death Row

Resources related to Ohio's Death Row. Includes information about the history of, procedures used, current and past inmates, etc.

Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

OCADP was founded in 1987. It consists of organizations, individuals, human rights groups, and faith-based organizations. These organizations understand the death penalty to be part of the cycle of violence, and are working toward its abolition. Our members are people from all walks of life and many religious and secular traditions. We work together towards the abolition of the death penalty in Oklahoma through non-violent means. OCADP sponsors ongoing educational campaigns, research, and demonstrations against the death penalty.


A site developed as a resource for those searching the internet for pro-death penalty information and resources. Capital punishment is a topic that brings up deep emotional reactions for those on both sides of the issue and conflict for those who are undecided how they feel. We have developed a database of the victims of death row inmates. Most similar databases list the inmate, with very little, if any, information about their victims. Our database is indexed by the name of the victim. Currently, it contains over 1800 names of victims. There are over 3500 inmates currently on death row, and many have multiple victims so the database will eventually contain about five times as many names as it currently has.

Religious Organizing Against the Death Penalty

The Religious Organizing Against the Death Penalty Project seeks to build a powerful coalition of faith-based activists. Nationally, it works with official religious bodies to develop strategies and to promote anti-death penalty activism within each faith tradition. At the grassroots level, the Project links with individuals and faith communities, establishing covenant relationships to foster local abolition efforts.

Religious Tolerance: Death Penalty

Site dealing with the execution of criminals found guilty of having committed serious crimes. This used to be a universal practice. Most democracies in the world have abandoned the death penalty. The U.S. and Japan and South Korea are the only exceptions. No matter what your beliefs are, you will certainly see material with which you strongly disagree.

Stop Capital Punishment NOW

Stop Capital Punishment Now! is an Internet based initiative attempting to achieve total abolition of the death penalty in all countries of the world and particularly in the United States of America. We believe that the taking of a human life is morally and ethically wrong. We believe that the premeditated killing by the state of its own citizens is barbaric and reprehensible.


The Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing has 4,000 members and six chapters across the state in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jackson, Rutherford County, and a chapter at Middle Tennessee State University. TCASK public activities include rallies and vigils, educational forums, speakers’ bureaus, lobbying work, letter writing campaigns, and fundraising events. In 2006, TCASK hosted its first Justice Day on the Hill, bringing together over 60 Tennesseans from across the state to lobby their legislators about the death penalty.

Texas Campaign to Abolish the Death Penalty

The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) is a grassroots Texas organization comprised of individuals and groups who work to end the death penalty in all cases, everywhere. We are an inclusive organization composed of human rights activists; death row prisoners and their families; crime victims and their families; persons working within the criminal justice system; persons opposed to capital punishment on religious and moral grounds; and other concerned citizens opposed to capital punishment.

Texas Defender Service

TDS is a private, non-profit law firm recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Founded in 1995, TDS's mission is to help improve the quality of representation afforded to indigent Texans charged with a capital crime or under sentence of death. The firm's activities include: Directly representing death row inmates at all levels of the appellate process, concentrating primarily on representation in state and federal habeas corpus appeals.

Texas Moratorium Network

Texas Moratorium Network (TMN) is a grassroots, non-profit organization with the primary goal of mobilizing statewide support for a moratorium on executions in Texas. It has about 10,000 members, about 85 percent of whom are in Texas with the rest in other U.S. states and in other countries. To accomplish its goal, TMN is engaged in various educational and outreach projects and works closely with other groups devoted to human rights and criminal justice reform, including other non-profit organizations, churches and synagogues, civic organizations and student groups.

The Bible's Teaching on Capital Punishment

Created by Logos Christian Resources, online ministry with citations from Old and New Testament advocating Capital Punishment.

The Death Penalty Debate in Illinois

From John J. Kinsella, First Assistant State’s Attorney for DuPage County. article contains thorough description of the recent Death Penalty Debate in Illinois, with a pro-death penalty slant, including a discussion of the Chicago Tribune, the so-called 13 "exonerations," Rolando Cruz and the prosecution of the prosecutors.

The Death Penalty: A Defence

Pro-Death penalty site by David Anderson containing arguments for the death penalty; Answers to arguments against the death penalty; The death penalty and the Bible. Published in Sweden and recently translated.

The Habeas Corpus Resource Center

HCRC, located in San Francisco, provides counsel to represent indigent men and women under sentence of death in California. The HCRC's mission is to provide timely, high-quality legal representation for indigent petitioners in death penalty habeas corpus proceedings before the Supreme Court of California and the federal courts.

Washington State's Death Penalty Assistance Center

Washington Death Penalty Assistance Center exists to support attorneys defending capital cases in Washington. Attorneys involved in defending capital cases are encouraged to contact WDPAC by calling or e-mailing.

Wesley Lowe's Pro-Death Penalty Homepage

Po-death penalty essay addressing arguments re: deterrence, cost, racism, DP vs LWOP, morality, Christianity, constitutionality, and risk of wrongful executions.