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IT'S OFFICIAL: On July 1st, SB3539 became LAW!

Welcome to the 16th state without the death penalty!

On July 1st, 2011, SB3539, the bill which repealed the broken death penalty system in Illinois became law. Illinois has officially joined the ranks of New Jersey, New York and New Mexico by rejecting this costly capital punishment system which risks executing the innocent and harms murder victims' families. We truly have something special to celebrate this holiday weekend!

However, amidst the celebration we must not lose sight of the fact that the threat of reinstatement is a real one. In the regular session this past spring, our opposition introduced five bills to bring back Illinois’ death penalty. Three of those five passed through committee. Through strategic lobbying and organizing efforts, ICADP was able to stop these bills from being called, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see new reinstatement bills as soon as next session. Our work is not done yet.

Luckily, we have a plan.

Come find out at the Annual Meeting! And don't forget to renew your membership!

Check out this great article from The Guardian!

Repeal in Illinois is noted as one of the key indicators in the changing tide toward abolition in the United States in this insightful victims-focused piece from The Guardian. The voices of murder victims' family members standing up for abolition are moving to the forefront of the debate, and ICADP couldn't be happier.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jun/28/us-death-...

SAVE THE DATE: The 2011 ICADP ANNUAL MEETING

Though 2011 has already given us much to celebrate, we're not out of the woods yet. Come see how ICADP plans to keep Illinois death penalty-free!

SAVE THE DATE:
JULY 21st, 2011
6:00pm to 8:00pm

See our Event Page for more information: http://icadp.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1045

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