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The Louisiana Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a grassroots coalition dedicated to achieving non-violent and effective alternatives to the death penalty. We recognize that Louisiana’s death penalty is socially, racially and economically unjust. We believe that the state’s limited resources should be channeled into local communities to prevent crime and better support families affected by murder.

 

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Executions in Louisiana on hold until at least January 2018

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The State of Louisiana has asked for a delay until at least January 2018 in the federal lawsuit challenging the state's method of execution. The request was granted in June, 2016 by the judge presiding over the case.

From Della Hasselle at The Lens:

'[Christopher] Sepulvado and another death-row inmate, Jessie Hoffman, are named in the filing, but the ruling affects all inmates on death row. The state can’t execute anyone until its method is examined in federal court as part of a lawsuit brought by the inmates against the state Department of Corrections...

As part of that lawsuit, Sepulvado wants to learn exactly how he will be put to death. The state has fought such disclosures in the lawsuit and in response to public-records requests.

Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office on Tuesday asked for the delay because the facts “continue to be in a fluid state.”'

Read more about the lethal injection lawsuit at the website of the Promise of Justice Initiative.


New Yorker Article: "Revenge Killing: Race and the death penalty in a Louisiana parish"

The New Yorker has published an in-depth look at the death penalty in Caddo Parish, which is responsible for more death sentences in the past five years than any other jurisdiction in Louisiana.

In a piece titled, "Revenge Killing: Race and the death penalty in a Louisiana parish," author Rachel Aviv examines the case of Rodricus Crawford, an African-American man who was recently sentenced to death in Caddo for the murder of his one-year-old son. The District Attorney's office pursued charges against Crawford even after receiving a medical report that suggested the victim actually died of pneumonia.

The forensic pathologist who authored that report told Aviv that there “wasn’t enough evidence to even put this before a jury. You didn’t have anybody who thought this guy committed murder except for one pathologist who decided that it was homicide on what seemed like a whim.”

Aviv notes that 77% of people sentenced to death in Caddo in the past 40 years have been black, and nearly half were convicted of killing white victims. A white person has never been sentenced to death for killing a black person.

Read the full story here: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/06/revenge-killing


Legislative Commission to Study the Death Penalty

Louisiana's Capital Punishment Fiscal Impact Commission, which was established by the legislature in 2014, is continuing to study the costs associated with the state's death penalty system. Subcommittees were created to examine costs related to the prosecution, defense, and housing of defendants in capital cases compared to non-capital cases. In Louisiana, first-degree murder carries possible penalties of death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. You can read more about the creation of the commission here.


 


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  • commented 2015-01-07 10:57:15 -0600
    vengeance in the name of justice – a barbaric, inhumane and CRUEL punishment which our Bill of Rights forbids and which a moral society deplores

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  • commented 2015-01-03 21:56:20 -0600
    From all indications, America could be safer without the death penalty and would realize an enormous monetary saving as well. Judging by the crime rates in those states that have abolished capital punishment and instituted alternative sentences, the absence of the death penalty would cause no rise in the murder rate.Capital murderers would not be released after serving only seven years. Hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of hours of court time would be saved by replacing the death penalty with alternative sentences. The money saved could be devoted to crime prevention measures which really do reduce crime and violence and thus are the true alternatives to the death penalty.

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  • commented 2014-12-29 00:29:31 -0600
    I have few objections on that. Turning down the death penalties may be cause to imbalance equation. If turn-down the death penalties then what other alternatives you suggest. Should that person prison for the life time. What is the guarantee that he/she will not such type of crime again. I think in case of better suggestion things can be in your favor.

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  • commented 2014-12-15 01:11:58 -0600
    Accessory after the fact. That’s what people are that don’t want proper justice to be served on people that have committed cruel and horrible murder on innocent persons.

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  • commented 2014-12-10 12:02:07 -0600
    I am also for the total abolition of all death penalties in all states and even in all countries. It is completely inhumane and belongs to the middle ages, not our modern society. http://www.norgesautomaten.cc
  • commented 2014-11-28 14:14:47 -0600
    My uncle has sat behind bars for 22 years for a crime he did not commit. The entire case was a crooked debacle from the district attorney down. The shame is that Gabriel Clark still walks around free? They had no evidence to charge him with the crime. If you read the case files, anyone with a 7th grade education can see the mis-use of the justice system. The confession came under fixed and unscrupulous surroundings. Trial conviction of murder in a day, yeah ok?

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  • commented 2014-11-13 05:06:35 -0600
    I strongly condemn death penalty and it is very inhuman. As per http://secstates.net death penalty should be avoided at all cost.
  • commented 2014-10-16 04:00:38 -0500
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  • commented 2014-10-13 02:44:06 -0500
    Soon our free country will see the death penalty for what it is – vengeance in the name of justice – a barbaric, inhumane and CRUEL punishment which our Bill of Rights forbids and which a moral society deplores

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  • commented 2014-09-10 03:51:19 -0500
    Accessory after the fact. That’s what people are that don’t want proper justice to be served on people that have committed cruel and horrible murder on innocent persons.
  • commented 2014-06-26 20:08:18 -0500
    Soon our free country will see the death penalty for what it is – vengeance in the name of justice – a barbaric, inhumane and CRUEL punishment which our Bill of Rights forbids and which a moral society deplores. Whatever the crime, no matter how heinous, life without parole is punishment enough.
  • commented 2014-06-05 02:22:44 -0500
    In several cases death penalty is nothing just the right decision by the court but its time to revise the law and must have clear that what crime needs to the death penalty. For that purpose all the organization of human rights and other stake holders must be joined the reform so the effectiveness of the law will be increased in that case. Some how its good to bring awareness among the people and about the alternatives. http://airconditioner-notcooling.com/ appreciate your efforts in that context.