ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY IN MISSOURI
Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP) is a statewide organization working to repeal the death penalty in Missouri by educating citizens and legislators regarding the costs and consequences of capital punishment. We seek to empower murder victim family members, exonerees, communities, racial justice advocates, various faith and conscience traditions, as well as individuals, to collaborate in creating new opportunities for abolition. With coalition partners, we address root causes of capital punishment by soliciting direct advocacy to oppose individual executions and the systemic conditions which permit them. Through alerts to our members, media placements, and educational events, we work to stop executions and to make lasting change to the criminal legal system.
The Death Penalty in Missouri at a Glance
Number of known innocent people freed from death row: 4
Last execution: Walter “Arkie” Barton, May 19th, 2020. Walter Barton was sentenced in 1994 for the 1991 murder of Glady’s Keuhler despite national outcry and concerns about his innocence.
*Death from COVID-19: Richard Davis, Dec 1, 2020
In 2020, Missouri had no new death sentences.
No Missouri juries have sentenced someone to death since 2013.
Pending death penalty cases have declined dramatically over the last ten years.
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