About Louisiana Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

The Louisiana Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (LCADP) 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 channelled into local communities to prevent crime and better support families affected by murder.

Therefore, in advocating for alternatives to the death penalty, we are committed not only to working to end executions, but also to addressing the needs of:

  • Families of murder victims and other victims of crime;
  • Families of death row inmates;
  • Exonerees and the wrongly convicted who are still incarcerated, and their families;
  • The broader community in its response to crime.

To get involved, please join us and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.


As well as local action groups located around Louisiana, LCADP has a board and a staff operating out of our New Orleans offices. 

Honorary Chair: Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ

Board of Directors: Rose Vines (President), Calvin Duncan (Secretary), Mike Admirand (Treasurer), Rosanne Adderley, Sophie Cull.

Director: Sidney Garmon. 

Sidney holds a Masters in Social Work from Tulane University and has a background in education. She has been the director of LCADP since 2013. Contact Sidney.


We are grateful to work alongside some extraordinary people and organizations in the effort to end Louisiana's death penalty. Our key partners include:

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 its terrific newsletter, Death Penalty Discourse, at www.sisterhelen.org.

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/


LCADP is funded through the generosity of our members, individual donors and foundations, including The Ministry against the Death Penalty, Vital Projects Fund, Proteus Action League, the Columbia Public Interest Law Foundation and the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation.

The Louisiana Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 corporation.