STUDIES: Death Penalty Adversely Affects Families of Victims and Defendants

The death penalty adversely affects both families of murder victims and families of the accused, according to two recent journal articles. In his Psychology Today blog, Talking About Trauma, psychologist Dr. Robert T. Muller (pictured) reports that psychological studies have have found that the death penalty produces negative effects on families and friends of murder […]

NEW REPORT: Just Half of One Percent of All Counties in the U.S. Obtained Five or More Death Sentences Between 2010-15

Fifty-Six Percent of Death Penalty Cases Involved Defendants with Intellectual Disability, Mental Illness, or Brain Damage, or Involved Defendants Under Age 21 READ THE REPORTS: Part I: Part II: Cambridge, Mass. — Today, Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project released Part II of  a new report offering an in-depth look at how the death […]

Support for death penalty lowest in more than four decades

BY BAXTER OLIPHANT, Pew Research Center As the Supreme Court prepares to hear the first of two death penalty cases in this year’s term, the share of Americans who support the death penalty for people convicted of murder is now at its lowest point in more than four decades. Only about half of Americans (49%) now […]