Experts Call for Exclusion from Death Penalty for Veterans with PTSD

Some legal and psychiatric experts have concluded that veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder should be ineligible for execution. In an article in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, mental health experts Drs. Hal Wortzel and David Arciniegas wrote, “The tragedy of the wounded combat veteran who faces execution by the […]

A welcome hiatus on death penalty

By Marc Hyden The Lincoln Journal Star published an editorial covering the state of the death penalty in Nebraska, which rarely executes people. The editorial mentions Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty. The editorial board stated, Opposition to the death penalty has long been found on the liberal side of the political spectrum, but this […]

COSTS: “Pursuing Death Penalty is Big Waste of Resources”

By edeleon In a recent op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal, the President of the New Mexico Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers discussed the high costs of the federal death penalty. In particular, Barbara Mandel detailed the expenses involved in the recent federal trial of John McCluskey. McCluskey was sentenced to life without parole, an outcome […]

OP-ED: “Pursuing Death Penalty is Big Waste of Resources”

By edeleon In a recent op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association President Barbara Mandel discussed the high cost of the federal death penalty trial of John McCluskey. Earlier this month, McCluskey was sentenced to life without parole by a New Mexico jury, an outcome, that Mandel writes, “occurred years and […]

FOREIGN NATIONALS: Mexican Foreign Minister Appeals to Texas Officials about Upcoming Execution

By edeleon Mexican foreign minister José Antonio Meade Kuribreña recently sent letters to Texas Governor Rick Perry and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles requesting that the execution of Edgar Arias Tamayo, a Mexican citizen, be postponed or commuted. Tamayo is currently on death row in Texas and is scheduled for execution for on […]

What you did in 2013

By Emma There are only a few days left in 2013, but I’m already feeling nostalgic – and grateful. You helped us accomplish so much this year. Because of your support: read more Via: What you did in 2013

FROM DPIC: Extensive News Coverage of Year End Report

By edeleon National and local media have focused significant attention on DPIC’s recent 2013 Year End Report. Coverage has included pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, CNN, on the wires of the Associated Press and Reuters, and in hundreds of other articles and […]

Toobin on America’s Ambivalence Toward the Death Penalty

By aholsinger Jeffrey Toobin, writing in The New Yorker, used the current scramble among states to procure the drugs for lethal injections as a paradigm of the much longer effort to make the death penalty palatable to the American public. “The story of the death penalty in this country,” he wrote, “illustrates a characteristically American […]

New Report: 2013 Continues Trend of Declining Death Penalty

By Emma This year marks the second time executions have dropped below 40 since 1994, according to the latest report by the < read more Via: New Report: 2013 Continues Trend of Declining Death Penalty

DPIC Releases 2013 Report, Showing Marked Decline in Death Penalty Use

By aholsinger On December 19, the Death Penalty Information Center released its annual report on the latest developments in capital punishment, “The Death Penalty in 2013: Year End Report.” In 2013, executions declined, fewer states imposed death sentences, and the size of death row decreased compared to the previous year. The number of states with […]