Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: October 2, 2013
Sen. Constance N. Johnson
Sen. Connie Johnson to tour State Penitentiary Death Row with local
Sen. Connie Johnson will join the Oklahoma Coalition
to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) on a tour of the Oklahoma
State Penitentiary Death Row, Execution Chamber and Burial Grounds
next week. The tour follows the group’s recent meeting with
the governor to try to persuade her to issue an Executive Order
to study and examine the costs and use of the death penalty in Oklahoma.
“This trip will allow us to get an up close and personal view
of the unfortunate reality of the death penalty in our state. While
in office, I’ve worked hard both as a legislator and a board
member of this coalition to open the eyes of my fellow legislators
and the public to the injustice and outrageous expense of this inhumane
practice in our state,” said Johnson, D-Oklahoma County. “Standing
in the execution chamber and on the burial grounds will strengthen
our resolve to abolish the death penalty and give even more meaning
and urgency to those moments when we protest in front of the Governor’s
mansion before and during executions.”
The tour will take place on Wednesday, October 9 – the day
before the Coalition’s and other groups’ observance
of World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10. Members of
the coalition will meet at the Oklahoma Conference of the United
Methodist Church offices at 1501 NW 24th Street in Oklahoma City
at 8:15a.m. The group will leave for the state penitentiary at 8:30am.
The media is invited to join OK-CADP at the OSP from 11:00 a.m.
to 1:00 p.m. Johnson noted that a few spaces will also be available
in the van for anyone wishing to go to McAlester for the tour.
The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP)
is a grassroots membership organization working to end the death
penalty in Oklahoma. This statewide organization engages in outreach,
education and advocacy to raise awareness of issues related to the
death penalty, and to mobilize Oklahoma citizens and their elected
officials to support abolition of the death penalty.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Johnson: (405) 521-5531