Press Room

Press Conference at the State Capitol in Sacramento

Media Inquiries

If you are a reporter and would like to arrange an interview or would like to know where to get more information on a death penalty related issue, please use the contact information below.

Matt Cherry
Executive Director

Recent Press Releases

Pennsylvania Halts Death Penalty
Death Penalty Focus Applauds Moratorium, Urges Golden State to Follow Suit

Federal Judge Says CA Death Penalty Unconstitutional
Bush-appointed judge says "execution would offend the most-basic constitutional protections"

DPF Appoints New Director of Community Outreach and Education
June 30th, 2014
New position to be filled by Former Program Coordinator David Crawford

Botched Execution Reveals “Desperation and Chaos” in Death Penalty System
April 30th, 2014
On Tuesday, April 29, the State of Oklahoma botched the execution of Clayton Lockett.

April 29th, 2014

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, cast of The Killing and UN human-rights advocate among honorees at upcoming Death Penalty Focus Awards Dinner
March 31st, 2014

Egypt’s 529 death sentences in one day demonstrate that capital punishment is about “vengeance not justice”
Death Penalty Focus has called on the Egyptian government to abolish the death penalty to prevent further human rights abuses.

Death Penalty Focus Calls New Ballot Initiative a "Deadly Mirage"
February 13th, 2014
Leaders at DPF are pushing back on today's announcement by a group of death penalty supporters of a new proposal to change death penalty procedures in CA.

November 14, 2013 - Death Penalty Focus Names New Executive Director
Matthew Cherry to head non-profit advocacy group

June 11, 2013 Judge Overrules Jury Recommendation of Death Penalty
Rare decision provides further evidence that California’s death penalty is dysfunctional and broken beyond repair

May 9, 2011
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Actress Hilary Swank, and TV Producer Thomas Schlamme to be honored for contributions to anti-death penalty movement

April 29, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown Cancels Plan to Build New Death Row

New Poll Shows 63% Voters Support Converting Death Sentences to Life Without Parole

March 9, 2011
Illinois Governor Signs bill to repeal the death penalty

Bipartisan action part of growing national trend away from the death penalty

October 4, 2010
Fighting Crime in the U.S. and Internationally: Is the Death Penalty Necessary?

A Unique Conversation Between U.S. and European Law Enforcement

September 23, 2010
Despite Public Objections- California Rushes Forward with Execution

Legal proceedings and uncertainties may continue through the set day of execution

June 13, 2010
More Than 100 International Organizations Gathered in San Francisco to Oppose the United States’ Continued Use of the Death Penalty

April 12, 2010
Alec Baldwin, Paul Haggis, Sherry and Leo Frumkin, Richard Dieter and Sister Suzanne Jabro to be honored for opposing the death penalty

January 13, 2010
California Death Row Reaches 700

December 18, 2009
Death Sentences Reach Their Lowest Point Since 1976

California Bucks the National Trend with Nearly 50% Increase in New Death Sentences

December 15, 2009
The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty moves closer to achieving worldwide abolition of the death penalty

Ten nations to adopt an important international protocol in 2010

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