Tell Oklahoma: Stop Executions!

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt & Oklahoma Legislature

Oklahoma Death Penalty Petition

There's a role for you in the struggle to end executions in Oklahoma.

In July 2022, execution dates were set for 25 condemned Oklahoma prisoners. One has taken place, and the next is October 20, 2022. Please sign this petition to Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma Legislature to urge them to reverse course and end executions in Oklahoma once and for all.

Courts have refused to hear evidence of innocence for #RichardGlossip, #AnthonySanchez and others. The #Oklahoma capital punishment system is broken. If you live in Oklahoma, you may also write your Oklahoma legislators here.

Read this article from The Intercept to understand the lay of the land with regard to the death penalty in Oklahoma.

Petitions in individual cases are here.

Please have a look at these powerful and informative videos and share them in your networks.

  • NEW! Oklahoma Call to Action Video
  • Brett Farley: ED of, and lobbyist for, the Catholic Conference of Oklahoma - on the opportunity before us and what we all need to do.
  • Adam Luck: former Chairman of the Oklahoma Board of Pardons & Parole - The view from the inside
  • Shane Claiborne: Founder of Red Letter Christians and Advisory Board Chairman of Death Penalty Action - Perspectives on Oklahoma, Christians and the Death Penalty - Keynote address at the Annual Awards Dinner of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

This information will be updated on an ongoing basis regarding Oklahoma's flawed capital punishment system.

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To: Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt & Oklahoma Legislature
From: Dr. Michael Koch

We believe that prisoners who have done awful things can be held accountable for their actions and prison staff and the public can be safe without capital punishment.

The myth that murder victim families need or deserve the execution of the person who killed their loved one in order to heal or have "closure" is false. The vast majority of cases where execution is a possible punishment result in the alternative sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole (LWOP - AKA Death In Prison). Not all of us agree with LWOP in every case, but we recognize that is the current alternative sentence in Oklahoma. When LWOP is the sentence, murder victim families can begin to heal because there will not be endless appeals or the false promise of an eventual execution. With a sentence of execution, the healing process is put on hold for decades and it may never be carried out. No amount of killing will bring back the dead.

We urge you to reverse course and introduce legislation to place an immediate moratorium on executions in Oklahoma, and work to repeal Oklahoma's capital punishment statute. Please redirect the funds wasted trying to execute a tiny percentage of Oklahoma's convicted killers to instead provide for better prevention efforts toward stopping people on a path toward murder, and to better and more consistent supports for ALL murder victim family members.

The trend in the United States is AWAY from the death penalty. Please follow that path. Thank you.