Keep the Death Penalty out of Rhode Island!

   Quick Facts:

  • There currently is no death penalty in Rhode Island.
  • The last execution was in 1845.
  • The death penalty was abolished by the legislature in 1852, but reinstated in 1872 for murder committed by a life prisoner. This law was eventually invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Furman v. Georgia in 1972.
  • Rhode Island law provides for life without the possibilty of parole for first-degree murder.

  Groups working to keep the death penalty out of Rhode Island
    American Civil Liberties Union
  American Civil Liberties Union ACLU Death Penalty page
ACLU of Rhode Island
  Rhode Island ACLU
Steve Brown, Executive Director
128 Dorrance Street, Suite 220
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 831-7171  phone
(401) 831-7175  fax
    American Friends Service Committee
  American Friends Service Committee Southeast New England Program
Peacework magazine, April 1999 issue
Peacework magazine, April 2000 issue
  Southeast New England Area Office
Noah Merrill, Program Coordinator
33 Chestnut Street
Providence RI   02903
(401) 521-3584  phone
(401) 521-3960  fax
    Amnesty International
  Amnesty International International Death Penalty Campaign
AIUSA Program to Abolish the Death Penalty
  State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator
Dorothy James
  Rhode Island Religious Leaders' statement on the death penalty
    Death Penalty's Future


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Last updated May 1, 2006