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Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

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Friday, December 02, 2011

Oregon Governor Will Allow No More Executions | Equal Justice Initiative

Oregon Governor Will Allow No More Executions | Equal Justice Initiative

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber said this week that he will halt the execution of a death row inmate scheduled for next month and will allow no more executions in the state during his term. “It is time for Oregon to consider a different approach,” Governor Kitzhaber told reporters. “I refuse to be a part of this compromised and inequitable system any longer; and I will not allow further executions while I am governor.”

Oregon is one of at least seven states that allow the death penalty but have not used it in more than a decade. The state's last execution was in 1997. Both of the two people executed in Oregon since the death penalty was enacted in 1984 waived their appeals and "volunteered" for execution.

Governor Kitzhaber presided over both executions. “I do not believe that those executions made us safer," he said this week. "Certainly I don’t believe they made us more noble as a society." The governor granted a temporary reprieve to Gary Haugen, another volunteer scheduled to be put to death next month.

Noting the length of time many inmates spend on death row, often more than 20 years, Governor Kitzhaber said Oregon had an “unworkable system that fails to meet basic standards of justice.” He said there was a wide sense the death penalty process was flawed but that the state had “done nothing; we have avoided the question.” He asked legislators to address reforms and urged a statewide debate about the death penalty.

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