When We Started and What We Do

Founded in 1977, the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (ACADP) is a non-partisan, non-sectarian coalition of religious and civic organization and concerned citizens working together to end capital punishment in Arkansas.

Our ultimate goal is for the General Assembly of Arkansas to pass and the Governor sign into law a bill striking the death penalty from the criminal sentencing statutes of our state.

ACADP is the only organization in the state whose work is focused exclusively on the abolition of capital punishment in Arkansas.


Furonda Brasfield

Executive Director

Furonda Brasfield is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (ACADP), the only organization devoted primarily to abolition in the state. In her capacity as Director, Furonda manages the day to day functions of ACADP, including community organizing, development, and policy development. Furonda led the group during their response to the #8in10 executions of April 2017, when Governor Asa Hutchinson set 8 executions to be carried out over 10 days, beginning with the day after Easter. Prior to joining ACADP, Furonda worked on a number of social justice issues, including economic equality, reproductive justice, HIV/AIDS awareness, criminal justice reform, and raising the state’s minimum wage (2014). She has also served as interim-director of “Traveler’s Rest Ministries”, a non-profit organization formed to assist in community development in disenfranchised communities.

A licensed attorney, Furonda received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen Law School.

In addition to numerous volunteer and civic involvements, Furonda is a member of Decarcerate, the Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System Steering Committee, the NAACP, WAND, The League of Women Voters, and Longley Baptist Church.

Cheryl Woodard


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