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Welcome to the Louisiana Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty website.

LCADP is no longer active, but you can learn about Louisiana's death penalty and join efforts to bring it to an end by getting in touch with our excellent local partners:

Ministry Against the Death Penalty - the organization behind Sister Helen Prejean's advocacy efforts in the United States and beyond. Be sure to sign up for their terrific newsletter, Death Penalty Discourse, at www.sisterhelen.org. MADP has a Louisiana Action Committee that works to support local abolition efforts in Louisiana.

Promise of Justice Initiative - PJI seeks to reform Louisiana’s criminal justice system and abolish the death penalty. Read more about its important work on conditions of confinement, criminal defense reform and lethal injection at www.justicespromise.org/

 


Below are some helpful resources for those looking to learn more about Louisiana's system of capital punishment:

Diminishing All of Us: The Death Penalty in Louisiana

By Dr. Alex Mikulich & Sophie Cull, Jesuit Social Research Institute, 2012

This study draws on comprehensive social, scientific and historical analyses to detail the deep flaws in Louisiana’s death penalty system. It analyzes how the death penalty system absorbs much needed resources that would be far more effective preventing crime and increasing public safety.

Download a summary or the full version.

 

Crime Victims Guidebook: For Those Who Have Lost Their Loved Ones to Violence

By Rose Preston

In 2003, Rose Preston's husband and mother-in-law were tragically murdered in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Crime Victims Guidebook is a product of her experience, a resource for victims' families as well as victims of crime. Rose has kindly made this book available for download in PDF format.

Download here.

 

Blackstrikes: A Study of the Racially Disparate Use of Peremptory Challenges by the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office

In Louisiana's Caddo Parish, a recent study revealed that prosecutors were striking African-Americans from jury service at three times the rate they struck non-African Americans. A study of more than 300 criminal jury trials held over 10 years reveals that this practice of "blackstriking" contributes to the significant under-representation of African-Americans serving on juries.

Read the study here.