(Washington, DC) The federal government took the life of Daniel Lewis Lee Tuesday morning in what became the United States’ first federal execution in 17 years. He was pronounced dead at 8:07 am EDT.
More than 1,000 Faith Leaders Urge President Trump and Attorney General Barr to Halt Federal Executions
(Washington, D.C.) More than 1,000 faith leaders from across an array of religious traditions have signed a joint statement to President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr urging them to halt the four federal executions scheduled for July and August.
“Pro-life values are meaningless when inconsistent”: Catholic Mobilizing Network Responds to President’s Death Penalty Comments
(Washington, D.C.) President Donald Trump made an appearance Monday on EWTN’s The World Over to talk about a variety of issues, including capital punishment. “I am totally in favor of the death penalty for heinous crimes,” he said — a sentence immediately followed by, “I am pro-life.”
(Washington, D.C.) Catholic Mobilizing Network, the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, joins the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops in opposing a change in Texas execution protocols implemented last April, which bans chaplains and ministers from the execution chamber.
National Catholic leaders issue joint statement in solidarity with those facing COVID-19 behind bars
Five United States Conference of Catholic Bishops committee chairmen, prominent men and women religious, and national lay leaders representing key Catholic organizations released a joint letter Wednesday in response to the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic within U.S. prisons, jails, and detention and reentry centers.
(Washington, DC) The state of Missouri executed Walter Barton Tuesday, in what became the first execution in the United States since the global declaration of the coronavirus pandemic. In that time, three states have stayed or rescheduled a total of eight executions, many citing concerns of COVID-19 infection.
(Washington, D.C.) Catholic Mobilizing Network, the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, joins a growing national movement in recognizing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week from April 19-25, 2020, honoring the experiences of victims of crime, their family members, victim advocates, and victims’ rights groups across the U.S.
(Washington, D.C.) Colorado became the 22nd U.S. state to abolish capital punishment Monday after Governor Jared Polis signed death penalty repeal bill SB 20-100 into law.
(Washington, DC) A new report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center confirms that death penalty use in the United States remains near historic lows, with fewer than 30 executions in 2019 and fewer than 50 new death sentences for the fifth consecutive year. At this point, half of all U.S. states, accounting for half of the U.S. population (50.4%), do not carry out executions.
(Washington, D.C.) Catholic Mobilizing Network, the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, delivered a petition to President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr today opposing the planned restart of federal executions. The petition was signed by nearly 3,000 U.S. Catholics, including signatures from prominent clergy and Church leaders such as Most Rev. Joseph A. Fiorenza, Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston-Houston, Most Rev. William Justice, Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, and Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ. Catholics join law enforcement officers, judges, victims’ family members, and more in speaking out against the government's efforts to execute federal inmates.