Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of September is for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty.
Community news items related to capital punishment.
The Atlanta archbishop is opposing the execution of a man who has been on death row for 46 years.
The state of Georgia announced that Virgil Presnell Jr. is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m.
This lunch hour presentation will look at Catholic social doctrine and restorative justice, as well as the very real impact restorative approaches can have in our criminal legal system.
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, a case which may be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court and seeks to challenge Georgia’s unreasonably high burden of proving intellectual disability. Additional panelists include Maggie Rousseau (Director of Disabilities Ministry) and Jayna Hoffacker (Associate Director of Justice and Peace Ministries) of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and Frank Mulcahy, Executive Director of the Georgia Catholic Conference.
We invite you to watch a replay of the webinar here:
The slides used during the presentation can be downloaded here.
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Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty invite you to join us for a discussion on intellectual and developmental disabilities, what Georgia’s standard of proof means for people with disabilities and actions we can all take to work toward the reform of our criminal justice system.
As we look toward the start of the Georgia General Assembly’s 2022 Session in January, the Archdiocese of Atlanta and Georgia Catholics Against the Death Penalty invite you to join us as we discuss the many roads to abolition and how you can join the movement to end the death penalty in our state.
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.
In a bit of good news, a bipartisan group of Georgia House members have introduced House Bill 485 – a bill that would repeal the death penalty in Georgia.
You can read the details of the legislation here: https://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/59757.
We have been in touch with the sponsors of the bill. Over the coming days we will be updating our website and social media and will be sharing more information about how we can work together to ensure this bill has a chance at a hearing.
Please stay tuned!
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It will take a huge effort of committed Catholics to help make this law become a reality.
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.