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Death Penalty Action


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Who We Are: Death Penalty Action (DPA) works with allies and partners nationwide to stop executions. We are:

  • exonerated death row survivors*

  • families of murder victims who oppose executions*

  • families of the executed and prisoners on death row*

  • former executioners and other members of the law enforcement community*

  • students & educators

  • medical professionals

  • legislators

  • policy advocates

  • journalists

  • faith leaders & people of faith

  • thought leaders

  • philanthropists

and regular people bringing healing to the world by reforming the most broken part of the criminal legal system in Ohio and nationwide. (* indicates our Voices of Experience primary speakers).


What We Do: Death Penalty Action provides concrete action opportunities for those wishing to protest the spike in executions our country is experiencing in some states, and to create lasting policy change by repealing the death penalty in other states. DPA provides leadership, training, educational and direct-action events; assisting local, state and national groups working to stop executions.


Why We’re Important: Death Penalty Action is the only national single-issue anti-death penalty advocacy group currently functioning in the United States. Lifting up the voices of those most impacted*, working collaboratively with allies, DPA creates impactful change. Our staff helped stop executions in Ohio and repeal capital punishment laws in NJ, NM, IL, CT, MD, NH, CO & VA. DPA is working with congressional leaders to ensure that ending federal executions is part of the racial justice and criminal legal system reforms that must still be addressed. DPA also supports such efforts at the state level.


How We Impact the Community: Death Penalty Action supports citizens standing for safety, fairness, integrity, and more impactful use of tax dollars to prevent violent crime while advocating for better services for all murder victims’ families. The criminal legal system makes mistakes, is costly, and unequal; treating the accused differently based on race, economics, and social status. We uplift the community by working for nonviolent and equitable responses to the worst crimes.


How You Can Help: Death Penalty Action seeks funding to support our work in the following ways:

  • Invite others to join you in supporting our work.

  • Invest charitable dollars to create impact.

  • Champion DPA in your networks to educate, inspire and empower citizens to engage policy makers and create the change we wish to see happen.

Death Penalty Action has very low overhead, so your financial investment goes directly to creating the change we all want to see happen.


Connect with Death Penalty Action

PO Box 89, Ghent, New York 12075 (Admin address. ED lives/works in Columbus, Ohio)

800-973-6548

Cell phone of ED: 561-371-5204




Executive Director: Columbus resident/native Abraham J. Bonowitz

Email: abe@deathpenaltyaction.org

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