California's Death Penalty Ruled Unconstitutional (CNN)—In ruling California's death penalty unconstitutional, a federal judge said on July 16, 2014, the system is so broken it unfairly leaves inmates with uncertain fates — often for decades.

Close the Death Chamber — Candlelight Vigil scheduled for Monday, February 3, 2014
Katrina’s Dream is holding a Candlelight Vigil and Community Assembly on February 3, at
4:30 pm. Meet at the West Gate of San Quentin Prison. People of all faiths will be
gathering, calling on Governor Jerry Brown and our Legislators to Close the Death Chamber at San
Quentin Prison and abolish the Death Penalty here in California. Download press release.

California Abandons Three-Drug Protocol in Executions California announced it would no longer try to defend its current lethal injection protocol. In May, a court ruling invalidated the state’s three-drug lethal injection protocol because state officials failed to follow administrative rules in adopting the protocol.

Prayer Service and Vigil Held in San Jose for Victims of Violent Crime

Court of Appeals Affirms New Lethal Injection Protocol Needed Before Executions Occur
The Court of Appeals affirmed judgement that the state's lethal injection regulations violate the Administrative Procedure Act.

More Prefer Life Term to the Death Penalty
The latest poll of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) shows less support for death penalty.

Jeanne Woodford of Death Penalty Focus Speaks About Her Views and Experiences with the Death Penalty
The Executive director of Death Penalty Focus, former warden of San Quentin State Prison, former undersecretary and director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is interviewed by Rev. Michael Carson, Pastor of Queen of Apostles Church in the Diocese of San Jose.

California Bishops Support Life and Family Initiatives
Measures Will Require Parental Notification and End the Use of the Death Penalty.

Update on Case of David Raley
On August 10, 2011, the California Supreme Court directed the Santa Clara County Superior Court to hold a hearing to consider the evidence that David is mentally retarded. If the court finds him to be retarded, he would be resentenced to life without parole. The case has not yet been assigned to a superior court judge, and the schedule for the proceedings in the superior court has not yet been set. There will be many procedural steps before the case will be ready for a hearing. The case will be decided by a judge alone, without a jury. Lawyers in the San Francisco office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a large international law firm, have taken on Davidís case pro bono.

Update on Lethal Injection
The pretense of lethal injection as a peaceful and painless way to execute prisoners is unraveling, and this may change the face of the death penalty in the United States.

Bishop Andrus Comments on the Death Penalty
At a dinner hosted by Rev. Sylvia Vasquez, on June 7, 2011 at St. Paulís Episcopal Church in Walnut Creek, Bishop Marc Andrus, Episcopal Bishop of California, expressed appreciation for the work of California People of Faith to abolish the death penalty. He noted that in the past he had supported abolition of the death penalty for juveniles in Alabama. He went on to wish California People of Faith success in our efforts to abolish the death penalty.

20 Years Of Defending Death Row Inmates
David Dow reviewed his new book "Autobiography of an Execution"  Terrie Gross's Fresh Air on February 5th.  The interview is available on line by going to  NPR, Fresh Air on Google.

1000 Congregations Campaign Launched1000 Congregations Campaign logo
This campaign has the objective of reaching 1000 congregations throughout the state to commit to engage in dialogue, discernment, education and prayer on the death penalty.

Victim's Mother Speaks Out Against Death Penalty
A CD is available of Vicki Schieber speaking about the murder and rape of her daughter Shannon and her opposition to the death penalty.

Opinion: California can't afford the death penalty
Eliminating capital punishment, which is rarely carried out anyhow, would save the state $125 million a year, LA Times

Sister Helen Prejean equates lethal injection with torture
Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking," described lethal injection as "tantamount to torture" at speaking event in Palo Alto on November 21.

"The Death Penalty: What People of Faith Should Know" is available from CPF
Get your copy of the Powerpoint presentation by CPF's Terry McCaffrey and Eric deBode.

Statement of Conscience & Declaration of Life
Download and sign these important documents.