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The House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence will hold a hearing on Tuesday April 6, 2021 to consider bills filed by State Rep Harold Dutton and another filed by State Rep Jeff Leach that would prohibit death sentences under the law of parties. People can attend the hearing which is set to start at 1PM in the Texas Capitol or anytime before the hearing starts they may submit written testimony that will be distributed to all committee members.

You can read more about the case of Jeff Wood, who is on Texas death row under the law of parties even though he did not kill anyone, plan to kill anyone, help kill anyone or intend to kill anyone at http://savejeffwood.com/.

COMMITTEE: Criminal Jurisprudence TIME & DATE: 1:00 PM or upon final adjourn./recess or bill referral if permission grantedTuesday, April 6, 2021 PLACE: E2.012 CHAIR: Rep. Nicole Collier

For those persons who will be testifying, information for in-person witness registration, can be found here:

https://mytxlegis.capitol.texas.gov/HWRSPublic/About.aspx

A live video broadcast of this hearing will be available here:

https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/

Instructions related to public access to the meeting location and health

and safety protocols for attending this meeting are available here:

https://house.texas.gov/committees/public-access-house-committee-meetings/

Texas residents who wish to electronically submit comments related to

agenda items on this notice without testifying in person can do so until

the hearing is adjourned by visiting:

https://comments.house.texas.gov/?c=c220

State Rep. Harold Dutton, Jr. spoke at the 21st Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty on October 10, 2020 (online only this year because of the pandemic).

Rep Dutton has sponsored a bill to abolish the death penalty in the Texas Legislature every session since 2003.

Sponsors included: Austin Abolitionists, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, Texas Moratorium Network, Kids Against the Death Penalty, Texas Death Penalty Education and Resource Center, Reed Justice Initiative, Amnesty International-UT, Texas After Violence Project, and Journey of Hope. Funded in part by a grant from The Judith Filler Foundation.


The 21st Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty was online this year October 10, 2020 in order to keep everyone as safe as possible during the pandemic. Here is one of the speakers, Elsa Alcala, a former Republican judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Sponsors included: Austin Abolitionists, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, Texas Moratorium Network, Kids Against the Death Penalty, Texas Death Penalty Education and Resource Center, Reed Justice Initiative, Amnesty International-UT, Texas After Violence Project, and Journey of Hope. Funded in part by a grant from The Judith Filler Foundation.

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