Diann Rust-Tierney became the executive director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty in 2004. With thirty years of experience in public policy and litigation advocacy, she manages the operations of NCADP and directs programs for the organization and its 100 affiliate organizations seeking to change public policy on the death penalty. Previously, Rust-Tierney served as the director of the Capital Punishment Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she had also served as chief legislative counsel and associate director of the Washington office. During her tenure at the ACLU, she was the lead advocate on capital punishment on Capitol Hill, coordinating a coalition of national organizations on the issue, and the lead lobbyist on a broad portfolio of issues ranging from criminal justice policy to womens rights. Prior to joining the staff at the ACLU, she engaged in litigation and public policy advocacy at the National Womens Law Center.
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Death row's days are numbered, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty's Diann Rust-Tierney tells <em>Salon</em>.
On March 1, 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Roper v. Simmons holding that the death penalty was an unconstitutional punishment for juvenile offenders.
The death penalty is used only rarely in a handful of states and popular opinion is moving against it. The question should be not how we kill prisoners but whether we should kill prisoners.
As executions decline, who is actually being executed - the worst of the worst criminals? Far from it. In fact, instead of the worst of the worst, you could say it's often the least culpable; people with intellectual disabilities and severe mental illness.
The death penalty is ineffective and indefensible.
Concerns have been raised outside of the context of executions about lack of accountability and best practice controls in this industry. These concerns are aggravated when the state governments add the layer of secrecy to the mix.
A debate in light of the botched execution of Clayton Lockett.
Key problems with the death penalty.