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Nov 17, 2008

NEW VOICES: 30 FBI Agents Call for Pardon in VA Case with Death Penalty Implications

On November 10 in Richmond, Virginia, thir­ty for­mer FBI agents held a press con­fer­ence call­ing for the par­don of four sailors, known as the Norfolk Four, who were con­vict­ed of rape and mur­der. Their con­vic­tions were based main­ly on their own confe…

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Nov 09, 2006

NEW VOICES: Former Death Row Warden Calls for Clemency on Eve of Execution

The for­mer war­den of the Virginia prison that hous­es the state’s death row inmates has called for clemen­cy for a man about to be exe­cut­ed on November 9. Page True was war­den of the Sussex I State Prison and knew death row inmate

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Nov 27, 2006

NEW VOICES: Former Death Row Warden Changes His Views

Dennis O’Neill had been an assis­tant war­den at Florida State Prison for two years and war­den at Union Correctional Institution for 7 years, both death row pris­ons. He even­tu­al­ly left the cor­rec­tion­al sys­tem and became an Episcopal priest. He was a…

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Jul 02, 2007

NEW VOICES: Former Florida Prison Warden Calls for End to Death Penalty

Eleven years after super­vis­ing his first exe­cu­tion as at the Florida State Prison at Starke, for­mer war­den Ron McAndrew is urg­ing an end to the death penal­ty. McAndrew is call­ing on states to aban­don cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment and replace it with life wit…

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Jan 16, 2007

NEW VOICES: Former Ohio Corrections Director Calls for Ending Death Penalty

Reggie Wilkinson, who wit­nessed 19 exe­cu­tions dur­ing his 33 years with the Ohio Department of Corrections, recent­ly stat­ed that he would like to see exe­cu­tions end­ed in the state. Wilkinson, who served for 15 years as Director of the Department of…

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Oct 02, 2008

NEW VOICES: Former San Quentin Warden Says Death Penalty Detracts cru­cial resources from pro­grams that could tru­ly make our com­mu­ni­ties safe”

The for­mer war­den of San Quentin prison in California, Jeanne Woodford, regrets hav­ing tak­en part in exe­cu­tions and has called for replac­ing the death penal­ty with life with­out the pos­si­bil­i­ty of parole. In an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Woodf…

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Nov 20, 2007

NEW VOICES: Former Texas Warden Reconsiders the Death Penalty

Jim Willet, for­mer war­den of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Walls Unit where Texas exe­cu­tions take place, recent­ly described his expe­ri­ences to the Dallas Observer as emo­tion­al­ly dif­fi­cult for him. As war­den dur­ing 1998 – 2001, three of …

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Dec 08, 2008

NEW VOICES: Law Enforcement Officer Changed Views Because of Death Penalty’s Risks

Michael May served as a Baltimore City police offi­cer and as a mil­i­tary police offi­cer. He for­mer­ly sup­port­ed cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment, but changed his stance upon learn­ing of inno­cent peo­ple who had been sen­tenced to death. Mr. May tes…

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Mar 15, 2007

NEW VOICES: Law Enforcement Officials Gather in Maryland to Oppose Death Penalty

Corrections offi­cials, pros­e­cu­tors and police chiefs recent­ly gath­ered in Annapolis, Maryland, to voice sup­port for a leg­isla­tive mea­sure that would repeal the state’s death penal­ty. It is a human sys­tem, and because it is fal­li­ble and because it…

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Jan 21, 2008

NEW VOICES: Police Chief Says The death penal­ty isn’t any­where on my list”

In an op-ed in the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram, police chief James Abbott stat­ed that the death penal­ty is bro­ken beyond repair and that the extra mon­ey spent pur­su­ing exe­cu­tions could be bet­ter spent on crime pre­ven­tion and the needs of vic­tims. Abb…

Oct 01, 2004

Texas Police Chief Calls for Halt to Executions in Wake of Scandal

In the wake of a scan­dal that has called into ques­tion the reli­a­bil­i­ty of the police crime lab’s test­ing and han­dling of evi­dence in Harris County, Texas, Police Chief Harold Hurtt has said that exe­cu­tions of inmates from the coun­ty should…