Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP)
6320 Brookside Plaza, Suite 185
Kansas City MO 64113
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 931-4177
Mission Statement
Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the use of the death penalty in the state of Missouri. It is the only organization in the state with the sole purpose of abolishing capital punishment.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Staci Pratt
Board Chair Ms. Rita Linhardt
Board Chair Company Affiliation Missouri Catholic Conference
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the use of the death penalty in the state of Missouri. It is the only organization in the state with the sole purpose of abolishing capital punishment.
Background Statement
MADP arose out of a statewide assembly of faith and community leaders from a variety of regions which began gathering in the early 1980s and 90s under the name of the Coalition Against the Death Penalty to end capital punishment. In 2001, the Coalition sponsored Sister Helen Prejean’s “Journey of Hope” with educational stops and lobbying across the state, culminating in the passage of S. B. 267, prohibiting the execution of those with intellectual disabilities. Missouri passed this bill a full year prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Atkins v. Virginia that a national consensus had emerged to end the practice of executing persons with “mental retardation” (as it was then described), under the 8th Amendment’s prohibition of “cruel and unusual punishment.” 536 U.S. 304 (2002). The Coalition then focused its advocacy on eliminating juvenile executions, laying the foundation for the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision in State ex rel. Simmons v. Roper, 112 S. W. 3d 397 (2003) (en banc), which held that, “a national consensus has developed against the execution of juvenile offenders.” This became the basis for the landmark 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roper v. Simmons, finding that the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments forbid imposition of the death penalty on offenders who were under the age of 18 when their crimes were committed. 543 U.S. 551 (2005). In 2005, the Coalition took on a more formal structure and gained 501(c)(3) status, assuming the title Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty in 2009. Since that time, professional staff has led efforts against the death penalty, resulting in fewer executions and increased awareness of the diversity of voices opposing capital punishment in our state. Thus, the history of MADP highlights the crucial role it has played in pivotal abolition victories, related to intellectual disabilities and juvenile status, and its future importance in framing the national consensus debate.
As observed in our Mission Statement, MADP is a statewide organization working to repeal the death penalty in Missouri by educating and informing fellow citizens and legislators about the costs and consequences of a death penalty system in Missouri.
Impact Statement
  • Achieving stay of execution for Marcellus Williams on August 22 through Change.org petition to Gov. Greitens, collecting over 270,000 signatures. From the petition, we had 80,000 “opt-in” for our updates.
  • Low number of executions in 2017. Out of two possible scheduled executions in Missouri for 2017, Missouri carried out one: Mark Christesen on January 31, despite a pending appeal to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. In May and October, three possible death sentences were avoided.
  • County-based strategy targeted at “hot spots” of death sentences and executions in the state. The Baumgartner report showed that the majority of Missouri’s executions arose from just 2.6% of Missouri’s 114 counties and the independent city of St. Louis. Thus MADP has prioritized the identification and targeting of high-use counties for the prevention of new capital sentences. In May, Mark Gill received life without parole from a Boone County capital jury. In October, two possible death sentences were avoided: in Springfield, a federal jury returned life without parole for Ulysses Jones; and in Festus, Nicholas Sheley received from prosecutors a plea bargain for life in exchange for a guilty plea.
  • Community outreach through email and communication campaigns, social media, and regular ”exoneree education” events in schools, churches, and other venues with two of Missouri’s death row exonerees
  • Attracting and amplifying voices of political and religious conservatives, as well as other unusual or powerful perspectives (such as victims, exonerees, correctional officials, capital jurors). For example, we published our “Voices” project, a collection of stories from victim family members, family of executed, and jury members impacted by the death penalty. We also screened Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2, a documentary about a rural Mississippi woman who sits on a jury that hands down a death sentence, throughout the state, bringing Lindy Lou herself to talk to audiences about the long-term impacts of her decisions.
Our goals: continued education efforts across the state – “changing hearts and minds”; continued victim outreach; establishment of Missouri Alliance for Severe Mental Illness Exemption and Evangelicals for Abolition; supporting the passing of Hailey’s law; empowering victims and exonerees to have an impact on reform/repeal efforts; implementation of program providing spiritual guidance to death row inmates who request it; death row pen pal program.
Needs Statement
  • We have specific projects we would like to support, such as providing spiritual guidance for people on death row, victim outreach, death row pen pal program, and continued policy work.
  • Resources to support the program objectives such as financing the production of printed materials
  • We have only 2 full-time paid employees - an Executive Director and Assistant - to do our work as the only anti-death penalty initiative in the state.
Service Categories
Civil Liberties
Areas of Service
MO
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Missouri is still actively executing. The state took the life of Mark Christeson on January 31, 2017, despite a pending appeal to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Despite international and national attention, Marcellus Williams is still on death row, and we must closely monitor the findings of the board of inquiry, who will inform Gov. Greitens’ ultimate decision in the case. There are a total of 23 inmates still on death row.
We must possess the resources to effectively advocate against such executions, while also fully implementing our county and communications strategy to prevent new death sentences. Our county strategy has resulted in a strong relationship with the public defender’s office and an effective push back on a capital sentence in the Springfield case. We know that 29 capital prosecutions are currently proceeding. (Hot spots include St. Louis City, Cole County and Randolph County). In terms of challenges, we recognize that the scope of our work will demand significant resources. We look forward to increasing our capacity as well as our prevention work.
MADP seeks funding to support a sustained communications and advocacy campaign aimed at:
  1. Amplifying the voices of unlikely allies, and expanding support among religious conservatives
  2. Linking death penalty abolition to the racial justice movement, through demonstrating the overlay of prosecutorial misconduct, discriminatory jury practices and continued use of the death penalty, in communities grappling with pervasive racial bias like St. Louis, and Ferguson.
Programs
Description Continued education efforts across the state – “changing hearts and minds”; attracting and amplifying voices of political and religious conservatives, as well as other unusual or powerful perspectives (such as victims, exonerees, correctional officials, capital jurors).
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Liberties
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success We encourage attendees at our events to fill out feedback forms. For example, following the September 30 Sr. Antona Ebo Social Justice Conference at the Archdiocese of St. Louis, one attendee wrote, “This event changed my life. I’ve always wanted to help people, but after this, it makes me want to change what I want to do as my job in life, to help people like Reggie and Joseph. This event made me realize the cruelty of [the death penalty]. I knew it was dehumanizing before, but today, I learned that the death penalty dehumanizes people, especially people of race, in ways I never thought possible.” Another reflected on how the event shaped her perspective of “the weight of the issue. The weight of life and the brokenness of the justice system was amplified by their stories. Really powerful panel. Prison system is deplorable.” Finally, another individual wrote, “I never stopped to consider that death row inmates could be innocent or how fair their trials were. I never tried to empathize and see how being put to death is homicide and incredibly outdated.”
Long-Term Success We seek to continue to educate and inform Missourians about the reality of the death penalty - beyond the ideology of it. Ultimately, it is the Missouri public who will tell the state “no more executions.”
Program Success Monitored By
We will monitor the success of our continued education work by examining and reporting on:
  • How many attendees come to our events?
  • How many constituents did we add?
  • What are the comments on our feedback forms?
  • How many outlets can we mobilize to call for a moratorium, abolition, or procedural reform?
Examples of Program Success MADP has significantly increased efforts to raise awareness through speaking events, educational activities, and strategic communications and media work. In 2017, MADP spoke personally with Missourians in 20 events alone, more events held than any other year since the organization’s inception. We believe these conversations, which can be difficult and arduous, are at the core of changing the minds of the Missouri public, who ultimately will decide the fate of the state’s death penalty.
Description
County-based strategy: A crucial aspect of making progress in Missouri centers on reducing new death sentences. As evidence shows, it is a narrow range of geographic areas in Missouri that account for most death sentences handed down. According to UNC Professor, Frank Baumgartner, “A majority of [Missouri]’s 80 executions that occurred between 1976 and 2014 come from just three, or 2.6%, of the state’s 114 counties and the independent city of St. Louis.” High-use areas comprise the counties of: Jackson, Callaway, St. Louis County and St. Louis City. Furthermore, over the same period, 92 Missouri counties generated no executions and an additional nine only produced one. (According to DPIC, St. Louis County ranks #9 and St. Louis City #10 nationally in performing executions.)
Our goal, then, is to work closely with the Public Defender’s office to identify counties where prosecutors are still seeking capital sentences and target strategic communications to those environments, with the aim of decreasing new sentences. Compared to other states, Missouri has relatively few individuals on death row – 22 as of October 2017. Closing the pipeline at the beginning of the process could move Missouri towards a place of de facto moratorium in the years ahead.
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Liberties
Population Served Offenders/Ex-Offenders, ,
Short-Term Success The short term successes of the program are connecting with community members of Springfield who will comprise the jury and create political pressure on prosecutors to decrease their pursuing the death penalty.
Long-Term Success The goal of the county strategy is to continue to focus a targeted effort on the county responsible for such a high number of executions, rather than using a widespread tactic.
Program Success Monitored By
We will monitor the success of our county project by examining and reporting on:
  • How many media sources cover executions or sentencing issues? Of what quality?
  • How many favorable articles are generated?
  • How many pending executions are blocked?
  • How many counties remain free of new capital sentences?
  • What unique method did MADP use for each case?
  • How many outlets can we mobilize to call for a moratorium, abolition, or procedural reform?
Examples of Program Success In May, Mark Gill received life without parole from a Boone County capital jury. This jury was “the best jury we have ever seen,” according to Greg Mermelstein, who heads up the Missouri Public Defenders’. This is just part of how we identify our successes.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Staci Pratt
Term Start Jan 2015
Experience Staci Pratt is the full-time Executive Director for MADP, having joined the organization in January of 2015. Prior to joining MADP, she acted as the Legal Director of the ACLU of Nevada, where she litigated 8th Amendment conditions of confinement cases and advocated on behalf of transgender prisoners. Work with disenfranchised communities has served as the focal point of her career. For five years, she based her practice in a soup kitchen in Kansas City, Kansas, where she advocated for enforcement of federal protections securing the educational rights of homeless children. She has extensive experience in community engagement, coalition building, media work, and grant development. She holds a BA in History from Dartmouth College, a JD from Boston College, an LLM in International Law in Human Rights from King’s College, University of London, and an MSW from the University of Kansas.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Executive Assistance
Experience/Biography
Esmie Tseng is the Executive Assistant at MADP. She has personal, first-hand experience witnessing the injustices and disparities pervading the criminal justice system as she served time at the Topeka Correctional Facility (TCF) for voluntary manslaughter from 2005 to 2012. While in Topeka, she was a veteran member of the Running Free Running Club, a program in which inmates organize runs and raise money for various charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project and the Topeka Lions Club, as voted on by the group. She completed a number of runs, ranging from 5ks to 30-miles, and also started the group’s newsletter Running Free News, which focused on aspects of mental and physical well-being and self-improvement as uniquely applicable to the audience of incarcerated readers at TCF. In work release in 2012, Esmie began working full-time as a project coordinator and project manager for Installation and Service Technologies, Inc., an installation and service company for IT restaurant technologies. She returned to college full-time in the fall of 2013 and, in May 2017, graduated cum laude with department honors with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication and minor in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. During her senior year, she was the Managing Editor of University News, the independent student newspaper. She started at MADP immediately after graduating and is currently applying for graduate programs in nonprofit management and leadership or digital content strategy.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 4
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 150
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Rita Linhardt
Company Affiliation Missouri Catholic Conference
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Cathleen Burnett UMKC
Ms. Denise Carpenter Community Volunteer
Mr. Nimrod Chapel Jr.Chapel Law, Head of NAACP-Missouri
Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church and Missouri Faith Voices
Ms. Edna Harden Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE)
Fr. Paul Jones Hermitage Spiritual Retreat Center
Ms. Rita Linhardt Missouri Catholic Conference
Mr. Wiley Miller Columbia Chapter Leader, Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation
Ms. Margaret Phillips St. Louis Chapter Leader
Mr. Edward Ronan Kansas City Chapter Co-chair
Mr. Rob Schaeffer CPA
Ms. Cyndy Short McCallister Law Firm
Zenobia Thompson Jobs with Justice, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the Organization for Black Struggle
Ms. Donna Walmsley Springfield Chapter Leader
Gabino Zavala Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $115,000
Projected Expenses $90,000
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 9/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$91,838$49,720$17,500
Administration Expense$13,391$0$6,456
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.651.44
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%100%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$114,864$105,536$68,338
Current Assets$113,692$104,574$68,338
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,663$2,274$0
Total Net Assets$112,201$103,262$68,338
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities42.6945.99--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (MADP)
Address 6320 Brookside Plaza, Suite 185
Kansas City, MO 64113
Primary Phone (816) 931-4177
Contact Email staci@madpmo.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Staci Pratt
Board Chair Ms. Rita Linhardt
Board Chair Company Affiliation Missouri Catholic Conference
Year of Incorporation 2005