Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, 1937-2008
- Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
- This collection contains materials used by Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (VADP) in its efforts to end capital punishment in Virginia.
- 16.65 cubic ft.
- English and English
- Preferred citation:
- Preferred citation for this material is as follows: and Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Records, 1937-2008. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty Records).
Access and Use
- Conditions Governing Access:
Access to this record group is unrestricted with the exception of select items noted in Series 5.
The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
- Scope and Content:
The Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (VADP) Records cover 17 years of the organization's efforts to end the death penalty in Virginia. Materials included in this collection document the VADP's day-to-day activities and include petitions seeking an end to capital punishment in Virginia, Virginia General Assembly legislation, case law and legal education materials, subject files, newspaper clippings, scholarly articles, VHS tapes, and banners.
Although the VADP was established in 1991, a number of materials dated prior to 1991 are included in the collection, acquired by the VADP for research purposes.
- Biographical / Historical:
Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty was founded in 1991 under the name of Virginians for Alternatives to State Killing by a group of 13 concerned citizens. In 1994 they adopted their current name, Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (VADP). The group seeks a moratorium on the death penalty in Virginia and to educate the public about inconsistencies in capital punishment.
The VADP rallies against the death penalty in a number of ways, including execution vigils, and practices only non-violent protests. The VADP holds yearly conferences that individuals can attend. Membership of the VADP is open to anyone who wishes to join and is not restricted to just Virginia citizens.
The VADP works to educate the public about the ineffectiveness of the death penalty in Virginia and Virginia's 21 day rule, a policy which prohibits trial judges from reviewing newly discovered evidence if it is presented more than three weeks after a defendant's sentencing. A moratorium on capital punishment in Virginia has been the group's goal for the past 25 years and remains so.
- Acquisition information:
Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty donated its records to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives in 2008 July.
The collection is organized into the following series:
Series 1 and 4 are arranged chronologically while Series 2,3, 5, 6, and 7 are alphabetical.
- Processing information:
Processed in 2016 by Chelsea Wallace.