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James Clark is the Death Penalty Repeal Organizer for the ACLU of Southern California and served as the Southern California Coordinator of the YES on Prop 34 Campaign, the ballot initiative to replace California's death penalty. James previously worked as the Coordinator of Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, a nonprofit organization working to end capital punishment in Georgia, where he was a leader in the movement to stop the execution of Troy Davis. James graduated from UCLA with a degree in the Study of Religion before earning a Master's of Divinity at Emory University's Candler School of Theology.
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Troy Anthony Davis: Victim of American Injustice

Troy Anthony Davis: Victim of American Injustice

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 3:04pm
Troy Davis was executed by the state of Georgia last night at 11:08 PM, despite a worldwide movement over 1 million strong that drew attention to the glaring doubts of his guilt. With no physical evidence and a host of witness recantations, all indications are that the state of Georgia killed an innocent man.

Clemency Denied for Troy Davis — Urgent Action Needed!

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 12:41pm

After a day-long hearing yesterday in Atlanta, the Georgia State Board of Pardons of Paroles today denied clemency to Troy Anthony Davis, in the face of a million cries of #TooMuchDoubt. Troy is scheduled to be executed Wednesday September 21, at…

Standing in Solidarity with Troy Davis

Standing in Solidarity with Troy Davis

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 7:00pm

Next week, the state of Georgia plans to execute Troy Davis despite lingering doubts about his guilt. Today is a Global Day of Solidarity when people all over the world stand together to proclaim that there is too much doubt to execute Troy Davis.…

$4 Billion Since 1978 — Time to Cut California's Death Penalty

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 5:39pm

The Los Angeles Times reports new data in a study to be released next week on California’s death penalty has revealed that the price tag for death is even higher than we thought: $4 billion since 1978. Put another way, we spend $184 million…

The Tide is Turning on California's Death Penalty

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 6:56pm

The ongoing debacle of California’s death penalty took a few dramatic turns last week: a new poll showed a dramatic shift in public opinion in favor of ending the death penalty; Gov. Jerry Brown took a step in the right direction by cutting…

Illinois Proves (Again) That Ending the Death Penalty Saves Money

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 11:45am

(Originally posted on Change.org)

Thanks to Illinois, we now have more proof: ending the death penalty saves money — a lot of money — and quickly.

So what is California waiting for?

It’s less than a month…

Add Water and Kill?

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 1:14pm

Just in: another round of documents from The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response the ACLU of Northern California’s investigation of the state’s desperate,…

California Ignores Obvious Budget Solution: Cut the Death Penalty

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 12:54pm

California's new governor Jerry Brown confronted the state's dire budget crisis this week when he released his budget proposal. True to his word, the proposal contains hard cuts to social services across the board, ensuring that California's most…

States Refuse to Give Up Lethal Injection Drug Dealer

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 3:47pm

Prison officials around the country are doing everything possible to hide the source of their execution drugs and protect their dealers. Why?

You may have followed the ongoing news stories about lethal injection drug shortages — and…

California's $4 Million Rollercoaster Ride

By James Clark, ACLU of Southern California at 7:36pm

California’s death penalty has always been a bit of a head-scratcher, but the news over the last two weeks may have the record for furrowed brows and rolled eyes. The legal drama that has unfolded as the state tries to execute Albert Brown…

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