Why Deep Red States Are Rethinking the Death Penalty

by Katherine Riley (Originally Published by The American Prospect on July 27, 2015) There are few things that embody big government more than capital punishment—and a small but growing conservative movement wants it repealed.  Marc Hyden hasn’t always opposed capital punishment. The first time he remembers talking about the subject he was six years old, […]

No New Death Sentences for Texas

By Tim Cole Originally published by the Star-Telegram A jury verdict in a death penalty case earlier this year in Fort Worth is a microcosm of what is happening all over the state. In a trial moved from Young County to Tarrant County, a jury returned a shocking life-without-parole verdict in a case I had […]

How It Feels To Kill 62 People: Confessions of an Executioner

by Selene Nelson — Guest Contributor, Jul 15, 2015 Originally Published by ThinkProgress.org Former Executioner Jerry Givens CREDIT: DeathPenaltyPhoto.org When it comes to capital punishment, we already know the fiscal cost: studies have found that a death sentence is up to ten times more expensive than life without parole, often at a cost of around […]

Narrow Supreme Court ruling gives glimpse at future of death penalty

On the last day of its spring session, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a long-anticipated death penalty case, Glossip v Gross. Though the case’s scope was narrow – only relevant to one drug used in a handful of state execution protocols – the oral arguments held in April unfolded with rare courtroom drama and […]

Justices Ginsburg, Breyer Say It Is ‘Highly Likely’ The Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON — Two Justices on the Supreme Court on Monday suggested that the death penalty itself may be unconstitutional, saying that it may violate the Eighth Amendment. Both Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined two other liberals on the court in the dissent that suggested that states would be able to burn prisoners […]

Guest opinion: Montana should follow Nebraska in repeal of death penalty

This Opinion Editorial originally appeared in the Billings Gazette on June 4th, 2015 As one of the founders of the very first Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty group in Montana, I am thrilled to see that Nebraska has successfully ended the death penalty in favor of life without parole. It was no easy feat […]