Some conservatives in Georgia are fighting to abolish the death penalty

Following the launch of the Georgia Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty, several more media outlets have reported on the newfound momentum in Georgia. Baker Owens of Insider Advantage Georgia reported, A group of conservatives gathered at the Gold Dome last week to announce the formation of a state group aimed at a seemingly unlikely […]

REPORT: Two-Thirds of Oregon’s Death Row Have Mental Impairments, History of Severe Trauma, or Were Under 21 at Offense

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Most of the prisoners on Oregon‘s death row suffer from significant mental impairments, according a study released on December 20, 2016 by the Fair Punishment Project at Harvard University. The Project’s analysis of case records, media reports, and opinions of Oregon legal experts found that two-thirds of the 35 people on the state’s death row […]

DPIC Releases Year End Report: Historic Declines in Death Penalty Use Continue

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Death sentences, executions, and public support for the death penalty continued their historic declines in 2016, according to DPIC’s annual report, “The Death Penalty in 2016: Year End Report,” released on December 21. The 30 death sentences imposed this year are the fewest in the modern era of capital punishment in the U.S.—since the Supreme […]

Delaware Supreme Court Decision Paves Way to Clear State’s Death Row

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On December 15, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled in Powell v. State that death-row prisoner Derrick Powell will get the benefit of its August 2016 decision in Rauf v. State declaring Delaware’s death sentencing statute unconstitutional. The court directed that Powell be resentenced to life without parole, in a ruling that also paves the way […]

As Supreme Court Rejects Death Penalty Petitions, Justice Breyer Renews Call For Constitutional Review

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In the span of one week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review petitions from six death row prisoners, denying them relief in their cases. The petitioners raised issues related to DNA procedures, conflict of counsel, a disputed guilty plea, juror bias, judicial override, and a previously botched execution attempt. In two of the cases, […]

STUDIES: Death Penalty Adversely Affects Families of Victims and Defendants

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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 […]

OUTLIER COUNTIES: Legacy of Racism Persists in Caddo Parish, Which Had Nation’s Second-Highest Number of Lynchings

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The death-sentencing rate per homicide in Caddo Parish, Louisiana was nearly 8 times greater between 2006 and 2015 than the rest of the state, making a parish with only 5% of Louisiana’s population responsible for 38% of the death sentences imposed statewide. Caddo currently has more people on death row than any other parish in […]

Where the Death Penalty Still Lives

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As capital punishment declines nationwide, a tiny fraction of the country generates an alarming number of death sentences. What this new geography tells us about justice in America. By EMILY BAZELONAUG, originally published by The New York Times Magazine On a Saturday evening in July 2013, just before 6:30, James Rhodes was recorded on a […]

COST STUDY: Nebraska Death Penalty Costing Taxpayers $14.6 million a year

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Nebraskans would save $14.6 million a year by replacing the death penalty with a sentence of life imprisonment, according to an economic study prepared for opponents of a referendum to restore capital punishment in the state. The study written by Creighton University economist Ernie Goss was released Monday at a news conference in Lincoln. The […]

NEW RESOURCE: Political Party Platforms on Capital Punishment

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As support for the death penalty has waxed and waned over the years, the views of the major U.S. political parties, as reflected in their national convention platforms, has changed. To track those changes, DPIC has created a new resource presenting the Democratic and Republican party platform positions on crime and the death penalty from […]