The Texas After Violence Project is a human rights and restorative justice project that studies the effects of murder and the death penalty on individuals, families, and communities. Our mission is to build a digital oral history archive that serves as a resource for community dialogue and public policy to promote alternative, nonviolent ways to prevent and respond to violence.

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Featured Project

The Execution

In The Texas After Violence Project’s first culture project, The Emotions of Justice, we will from time to time release a virtual gallery that explores a specific phase of a capital murder case as told through the voices of real people who have lived through it.

Featured Publication

The Darkest Hour

By Betty Gilmore and Nanon M. Williams

In 2014, Texas After Violence board member Betty Gilmore co-authored The Darkest Hour: Shedding Light on the Impact of Isolation and Death Row in Texas Prisons with Nanon M. Williams. The Darkest Hour  “sheds light on the widespread impact of extreme isolation experienced by thousands of incarcerated individuals in Texas prisons — many of whom […]

Human Rights Documentation Initiative

The Texas After Violence Project has conducted over one hundred oral history interviews with persons directly affected by murder and the death penalty: surviving family and friends of murder victims, surviving family of executed persons, capital defense trial and habeas attorneys, prosecutors, judges, jurors, wardens, guards, journalists, witnesses to executions, activists, investigators, religious workers, and scholars. Through a partnership with the University of Texas Libraries, many of these audiovisual testimonies are publicly available through the Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI), a digital archive that serves as the primary repository for our collection of oral histories and other materials. HRDI is committed to the long-term preservation of fragile and vulnerable records of human rights struggles worldwide, the promotion and secure usage of human rights archival materials, and the advancement of human rights research and advocacy around the world.