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Founded in 1997, PADP continues our work to educate and mobilize community members around the abolition of the death penalty. Our central office is in York PA but we have chapters throughout the state. We convene a coalition of organizations who support a moratorium and/or abolition of capital punishment in PA. Recent developments include:
Ongoing government-sponsored study of PA's broken death penalty system began in 2012
Seven states in seven years have abolished the death penalty; Maryland is the most recent one
Membership in PADP is growing
Increasing support for moratorium and/or abolition from legislators
Lots of media attention
143rd exoneration of an individual sentenced to death in the USA
Discovery of a judge's plan to exonerate an innocent man that had not been public knowledge previously. That same man, Cameron Todd Willingham, was executed by the state of Texas.
100th overturn of death sentences in PA
Increasing evidence of prosecutorial misconduct in Philadelphia