There are countless heroic organizations around the country working for alternatives to the death penalty, and for grace, forgiveness, and restorative justice. These are just a few of the ones Shane knows personally, or who have helped him with this book.
Here are some of the groups who helped with the book and are leading the way to better forms of justice.
A portion of the royalties from this book will be shared with the organizations that have inspired and shaped it. Among them are the groups listed below (with mission statements taken directly from the organizations’ websites):
National & International Organizations
Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty
Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty is a network of political and social conservatives who question the alignment of capital punishment with conservative principles and values.
Death Penalty Action
Death Penalty Action (DPA) is an organization providing high visibility resources, support, educational and direct action events and activities within the broader anti-death penalty movement.
Death Penalty Information Center
The Death Penalty Information Center is a national nonprofit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment.
Equal Justice Initiative
The Equal Justice Initiative is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.
Equal Justice USA
Equal Justice USA (EJUSA) works to make the criminal justice system more fair, effective, and responsive to everyone impacted by crime. With its national and local partners, EJUSA has helped end the death penalty in 6 states. EJUSA is currently leading a national effort to engage Evangelicals in a dialogue about the death penalty.
The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
Journey of Hope . . . from Violence to Healing
Journey of Hope . . . from Violence to Healing is an organization that is led by murder victim family members that conducts public education speaking tours and addresses alternatives to the death penalty.
Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights (MVFHR)
MVFHR is an international, nongovernmental organization of family members of murder victims and family members of the executed, all of whom oppose the death penalty in all cases.
Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR)
MVFR is a community led by family members of murder victims and the executed that advocates for the repeal of the death penalty.
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s mission is to abolish the death penalty in the United States and support efforts to abolish the death penalty worldwide.
People of Faith Against the Death Penalty
The mission of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty is to educate and mobilize faith communities to act to abolish the death penalty in the United States.
Witness to Innocence
Witness to Innocence is the nation’s only organization dedicated to empowering exonerated death row survivors to be the most powerful and effective voice in the struggle to end the death penalty in the United States.
There are many others, but these were instrumental in helping with Executing Grace
Better Priorities Initiative of Colorado
Better Priorities Initiative of Colorado is dedicated to ending the death penalty in Colorado. They work to educate Coloradans and elected officials so that the resources and money saved by ending capital punishment should be directed towards better priorities for Colorado. They present publicly to schools and community groups, hold educational meetings with elected officials and candidates for elected office, and provide information to the press.
Center for Death Penalty Litigation
The Center for Death Penalty Litigation is a non-profit law firm that provides direct representation to inmates on North Carolina’s death row, as well as consulting with and training attorneys who practice capital litigation across the state.
Death Penalty Focus
Hubbed in California and founded in 1988, Death Penalty Focus is committed to the abolition of the death penalty through public education, grassroots organizing and political advocacy, media outreach, and domestic and international coalition-building.
Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to ending executions in Pennsylvania. Through grassroots outreach, focused campaigns, and citizen mobilization we have defined a comprehensive strategy to end the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
Retain a Just Nebraska
Retain a Just Nebraska is a campaign to retain the repeal of the death penalty passed by the Nebraska Legislature in 2015. This is a coalition of several statewide groups, citizens, and elected officials that are committed to justice and good government in Nebraska. They believe that working to keep the death penalty in their past is part of making Nebraska a just home for the future. They work to educate Nebraskans about the myriad reasons the Nebraska Legislature voted to end the death penalty.
Southern Center for Human Rights
The Southern Center for Human Rights is a nonprofit, public interest law firm dedicated to providing legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenging human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeking through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocating for criminal justice reform on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States.
Texas Defenders Service
Texas Defenders Service seeks reform of criminal justice policy at all levels, fights to prevent unjust executions, and works to stop the execution of the mentally ill. And they win in the US Supreme Court.