NAACP Statement on Mumia Abu-JamalDecember 07, 2011
(Washington, DC) The NAACP commends the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for not re-seeking the execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal, after over 30 years of incarceration.
This decision effectively commutes his death sentence to life imprisonment without parole.
The Association has been continuously concerned with this case which, like all too many others, consistently raises questions of the lack of supporting evidence and the recanting of conflicting eye witness testimony in cases which have proven to be racially polarizing.
Removing Mr. Abu-Jamal from death row continues to allow the opportunity to reevaluate the questionable evidence and the conflicting eyewitness accounts that have surfaced in his case over the years.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.