Senior U.N. Official Assails Death-Penalty Secrecy As Obstruction of Human Rights

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A senior United Nations human rights official has criticized the secrecy with which countries carry out the death penalty and called for greater transparency by countries that still employ capital punishment. “There is far too much secrecy,” United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour (pictured) said in an interview released November 21 by […]

New Documentary by the National Institute of Justice chronicles the experiences of six individuals whose lives were impacted by a wrongful conviction.

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Six individuals affected by wrongful convictions in the U.S. criminal justice system share their stories and the challenges they have faced since the wrongful conviction came to light. NIJ is dedicated to using science to learn about the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions. Only with this understanding will we minimize these miscarriages of justice, […]

Ex-Virginia Death-Row Prisoner With Strong Claim of Innocence Get Parole After 38 Years

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Joseph M. Giarratano (pictured), a former Virginia death-row prisoner who came within two days of execution, has been been granted parole after 38 years in jail for a rape and double murder that lawyers and supporters have long said he did not commit. On November 20, twenty-six years after Governor L. Douglas Wilder commuted Giarratano’s […]

Nevada Pardons Man Imprisoned 21 Years as a Result of Wrongful Capital Murder Prosecution

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Nevada has pardoned Fred Steese (pictured), who spent 21 years in prison after Las Vegas prosecutors wrongly sought the death penalty against him while witholding evidence that he was not even in the state at the time the murder occurred. In what news reports described as “a clear rebuke to the Las Vegas prosecutors,” the […]

Ohio Halts Execution of Physically Debilitated Prisoner After It Cannot Find Vein for Intravenous Line

Having failed to find a suitable vein in which to set an intravenous execution line, Ohio called off the scheduled November 15 execution of gravely ill and physically debilitated death-row prisoner, Alva Campbell (pictured). After execution personnel failed in four attempts to find a vein for the IV line, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction […]

Former Florida Death-Row Doctor: Experience of Veterans Highlights Death Penalty’s Failures

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A former Florida death-row doctor says the experience of U.S. military veterans who have been sentenced to death provides a lens through which the public can better understand some of the failures of the state’s death penalty and identify opportunities for meaningful reform of the criminal justice system. In a Veterans Day guest column in […]

Death Penalty Support Plummets

One day after we released our report showing a surge of Republican death penalty repeal sponsors, more good news came out. Every October, Gallup releases its annual survey on death penalty support in the U.S. For the past several years, they have found support for capital punishment to be at or near its lowest point […]