Mid-Year Review: Executions, New Death Sentences Remain Near Historic Lows in First Half of 2017

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As we reach the mid-point of the year, executions and new death sentences are on pace to remain near historic lows in 2017, continuing the long-term historic decline in capital punishment across the United States. As of June 30, six states have carried out 13 executions, with 30 other executions that had been scheduled for […]

European Union Calls for Abolition of Capital Punishment as World Coalition Hosts International Death Penalty Conference

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At an international death penalty conference in Washington, DC, hosted by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, the European Union strongly renewed its call for a global end to the use of capital punishment. In his opening remarks for the conference, David O’Sullivan, the European Union’s Ambassador to the United States, expressed optimism about […]

Former Governor Bill Richardson: Death Penalty Is Bad for Business, Out of Step With World’s Views

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In a Washington Post op-ed, former New Mexico Governor and United Nations Ambassador Bill Richardson (pictured)—who in 2009 signed a bill to abolish his state’s death penalty—urged that capital punishment be abolished in the United States, saying “[t]he practice is wrong and I hope it isn’t long for this world.” Richardson said he supported the […]

BOOKS: “Exonerated” Tells the Story of the Innocence Movement

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Exonerated: A History of the Innocence Movement, by Robert J. Norris, describes the rise of the “innocence movement,” the lawyers, investigators, journalists, lawmakers, and organizations that have worked to uncover wrongful convictions, educate the public about the problem, and reform the criminal justice system to prevent future mistakes. For the book, Norris interviewed 37 key […]

Stories from an execution coordinator: ‘There will never be closure’

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by Ryan Braschler, KTUL news LONGTOWN, Okla. (KTUL) — It’s a quiet, breezy day in Longtown. And as John East looks across the valley toward the lake, he reflects on a life in the state penitentiary. “I talked to every inmate that wanted to talk to me,” East says. “Every time I, every morning at 8 […]