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About Erik Wilkinson
Erik Wilkinson was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Atlanta on February 4th, 2017. He is assigned to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Atlanta. He has been active in the anti-death penalty movement for many years, having served as a board member for the statewide coalition Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. He currently serves on the Archdiocesan death penalty task force where he is found teaching and participating in actions across north Georgia supporting a consistent ethic of life.
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On January 25th, Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty hosted a webinar entitled “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Intellectual Disability and the Death Penalty.” The webinar featured Brian Stull, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Capital Punishment Project and lead counsel on the Young vs. Georgia case.
On this 19th World Day Against the Death Penalty, please join Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty and the Archdiocese of Atlanta for prayer and reflection on our Gospel call to promote mercy and justice.
Archbishop Hartmayer released a statement in support of House Bill 485.
House Bill 485 was introduced in February, 2021. If enacted, it would repeal the death penalty in Georgia.
Just hours after sparing Jimmy Meders, the state of Georgia announced that Donnie Lance is scheduled to be executed at 7 PM on January 29th, 2019.
Six hours shy of his execution, Jimmy Meders was granted clemency by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. His sentence was commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In a recent poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, 56% of Georgia voters favor replacing the death penalty with a sentence of life without parole.
Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty (GACADP) exists to promote a spirituality of respect for life that encompasses victims of violent crime as well as those at risk of execution for capital offenses.