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Founded in 1928, MCADP is the oldest active anti-death penalty organization in the United States.

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Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty

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MCADP was formed with the goal of ending the death penalty in Massachusetts.

Throughout its history, MCADP has presented the case against the death penalty to legislators, governors, and the public. Although Massachusetts has not had a death penalty since 1984 and has not executed anyone since 1947, the issue remains alive here so long as there are legislative efforts to restore capital punishment and so long as the federal government seeks the death penalty in cases heard in federal courts in Massachusetts. MCADP and a coalition of anti-deaths penalty groups has so far successfully fought off efforts to convince the legislature to restore the death penalty and has raised its voice in opposition to federal death penalty trials.

MCADP’s website presents an overview of MCADP’s efforts to fight the death penalty in this state, the federal trials that have occurred here, significant development on the national level, and the work of local chapters of MCADP. The webpage is updated to inform the public on the significant developments.

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