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From Religious Leaders and Organizations
Catholic Theologians Call for Repeal of the Death Penalty (Sept. 27, 2011)
Power Over Life and Death - The power to save a life - San Francisco Chronicle OpEd by Bishop Richard J. Garcia, Bishop Jerry A. Lamb, Bishop Beverly J. Shamana, Bishop David G. Mullen, and Rev. David Thompson (January 15, 2005)
Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice - United States Catholic Conference (November 2000)
The Challenge of Holiness by Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein (January 10, 2000)
General Assembly of the Texas Conference of Churches - Resolution Opposing the Death Penalty (February 24, 1998)
Catholic Bishops of Texas -Statement on Capital Punishment (October 20, 1997)
Catholic Church Expresses Strong Opposition to Capital Punishment in Catechism
Catholic Bishops of Iowa - Statement on Death Penalty
A Report of the National Jewish and Catholic Consultation - Co-sponsored by the National Council of Synagogues and the Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops
Transcript of Dr. Pat Robertson's Speech on the Role of Religion and the Death Penalty at The College of William and Mary
Collection of Official Catholic Statements on the Death Penalty-National Conference of Catholic Bishops
From the International Community
Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the 400th execution in Texas from the Council of the European Union (21 August 2007)
Resolution Supporting Worldwide Moratorium on Executions from the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (April 1999)
Mary Robinson, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights - Message to the Press Conference organized by the Death Penalty Information Center for the release of the report, "International Perspectives on the Death Penalty"
Status of the International Covenants on Human Rights from the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (April 1998)
From Advocacy Groups
Letter to Governor Charlie Crist from the League of Women Voters of Florida (May 28, 2007)
Victims’ Rights: Every Victim, Every Time from Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights, Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation, and Journey of Hope (April 19, 2007)
From Judges, Legislators, and Other Organizations
Resolution Supporting Abolition of the Death Penalty, Natl. Assoc. of Black Psychologists (2012)
The Road to Justice and Peace by New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak (February 1, 2009)
Statement on the Federal Death Penalty System by Senator Russ Feingold (June 7, 2001)
Statement on the Need for a Federal Moratorium on the Death Penalty by Senator Russ Feingold (October 29, 2000)
Death Penalty: The Torah and Today by Judge Jack B. Weinstein (August 23, 2000)
Statement on The National Death Penalty Moratorium Act of 2000 by Senator Russ Feingold (April 26, 2000)
Press Releasefor Senator Russ Feingold's Introduction of Senate's First Death Penalty Moratorium Bill (April 20, 2000)
Remarks at Columbia University School of Law - "A New Millennium: Time To Stop Tinkering with the Machinery of Death" by Senator Russ Feingold (April 10, 2000)
Statement on The Federal Death Penalty Abolition Act of 1999 by Senator Russ Feingold (November 16, 1999)
Amnesty International Southern Regional Conference: Orlando, Florida Remarks by Former Florida Chief Justice Gerald Kogan (October 23, 1999)
American Bar Association Resolution on the Death Penalty (February 3, 1997)
From DPIC
The Death Penalty in the United States: Strategies for Change (visuals) by Richard C. Dieter at the World Congress on the Death Penalty (February 1, 2007)
Judiciary Committee - Colorado House of Representatives: Testimony of Richard C. Dieter (February 7, 2007)
Capital Punishment Research Initiative: The Future of Innocence by Richard C. Dieter (October 6-7, 2006)
New Jersey Death Penalty Study Commission: Testimony of Richard C. Dieter (July 19, 2006)
The Anniston Star: Opinion Section "Tipping the Scales" by Richard C. Dieter (July 2, 2006)
Supplement Letter for the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights' Hearing on the Death Penalty (Feb. 7, 2006)
New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Safety Committee: Testimony of Richard C. Dieter (Jan. 10, 2006)
Speech by Richard C. Dieter given at the International Conference on Human Rights and the Death Penalty (December 6-7, 2005)
Testimony of DPIC Executive Director Richard Dieter before the New York State Assembly Standing Committees on Codes, Judiciary, and Correction on Costs of the Death Penalty and Related Issues (January 25, 2005)
Speech by DPIC Executive Director Richard Dieter at the American Correctional Association Annual Conference (August 2003)
Testimony of Richard C. Dieter, Esq. Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center before the Assembly and Senate of Nevada, Legislative Commission's Subcommittee to Study the Death Penalty and Related DNA Testing (April 18, 2002)
2002 Presidential Candidates Views on the Death Penalty by Richard C. Dieter
DPIC Executive Director Richard Dieter's statement at The Ford Foundation Symposium on U.S. Compliance with the Race Convention (October 17, 2000)
Testimony of Richard C. Dieter, Esq. Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center to the Illinois House of Representatives addressing innocence and the death penalty (September 15, 1999)
DPIC's presentation on the U.S. Death Penalty and International Law at the Ford Foundation (November 12, 1998)

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