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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Diann Rust-Tierney, Washington D.C.

“I support the Journey of Hope as a powerful witness to the possibility of a society that seeks to restore rather than destroy in response to violence.

Each of the storytellers on the Journey gives compelling evidence that our current death penalty system does not work. It does not work for family members of murder victims—it divides families and prolongs the pain. It does not work for people accused of capital crimes— it is far too easy for an innocent person to be sentenced to death and executed.

The Journey of Hope brings a special message for people of faith as the storytellers share their personal struggles to reconcile faith with the devastating reality of murder. Fortunately for us, we see that it is possible to transcend the worst that can be imagined and emerge with loving and open hearts.

Thank you, Journey of Hope.”

Diann Rust-Tierney

In September of 2004 Diann Rust-Tierney took over the helm of the National Coalition To Abolish the Death Penalty.

Diann comes to NCADP from the Capital Punishment Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, which she has directed since 1991. As ACLU’s lead strategist and spokeswoman on the death penalty, she helped develop and coordinate national strategy on capital punishment. Her efforts included expanding efforts to educate the public about the problems associated with the death penalty and building broad coalitions with new partners to help spread the abolitionist message.

A former NCADP board member, Diann received her undergraduate degree in political science from the College of Wooster in Ohio and her law degree from the University of Maryland.


Executive Director National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Diann Rust-Tierney was the NCADP's Abolitionist of the Year in 1995