At United Nations Session, The Gambia and Madagascar Take Major Steps to Abolish the Death Penalty

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Two African nations—The Gambia and Madagascar—acting in connection with the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, have taken major steps committing themselves to the irreversible abolition of the death penalty. On Thursday, September 21, shortly after making his first address to the United Nations, The Gambia’s President Adama Barrow signed […]

North Carolina Decline in Death Verdicts Highlights Penalty’s Cost, Ineffectiveness

Death sentences are sharply down in North Carolina and the combination of cost concerns and more effective representation have made them progressively rare. In an interview with The Hickory Daily Record, David Learner, District Attorney for the 25th prosecutorial district encompassing Catawba, Caldwell, and Burke counties, who has personally tried two death-eligible cases, says “It’s […]

Justice Delayed for a Decade: African-American Alabama Man Awaiting Capital Trial Since 2007

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In a racially charged case raising questions of prosecutorial overcharging, inadequate representation, and questionable jury practices, Kharon Davis (pictured), an African-American man charged with capital murder in Dothan, Alabama, has been imprisoned for 10 years without trial. Davis—who has consistently maintained his innocence and whose prior offense was driving without a license—was 22 years old […]

STUDY: Worst Crimes Carry Highest Risk of Bad Evidence, Wrongful Convictions

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Two professors of sociology and criminology who reviewed more than 1500 cases in which convicted prisoners were later exonerated have found a direct relationship between the seriousness of the crime and miscarriages of justice: “the ‘worst of the worst crimes,’” they say, “produce the ‘worst of the worst evidence.’” In their research—reported in the law […]

NEW PODCAST: DPIC Study Finds No Evidence that Death Penalty Deters Murder or Protects Police

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A Death Penalty Information Center analysis of U.S. murder data from 1987 through 2015 has found no evidence that the death penalty deters murder or protects police. Instead, the evidence shows that murder rates, including murders of police officers, are consistently higher in death-penalty states than in states that have abolished the death penalty. And […]

Harvard’s Fair Punishment Project Releases a New Report on Ohio Prisoners Facing Execution

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The Fair Punishment Project examined 26 cases involving individuals facing executions in Ohio finding that these individuals are “among the most impaired and traumatized.” The study relies on legal pleadings, court opinions, and trial testimony. According to the report’s findings: “at least 17 out of the 26 men experienced serious childhood trauma – horrifying instances […]