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 […]

New CCADP report is out!

CCATDP formed in 2013 to shatter the myth of universal conservative death penalty support. With your help, I believe that we have accomplished that goal. Grassroots conservatives and many well-known political thought leaders are now openly questioning capital punishment with great frequency. A mere four years since our founding, we have proof that conservative lawmakers […]

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 […]

Arkansas, Nevada Obtain New Supplies of Drugs, Plan to Carry Out Two Questionable Executions

The states of Arkansas and Nevada have announced that they have obtained new supplies of execution drugs that will permit them to carry out two executions in what critics have called questionable circumstances. On August 4, Arkansas obtained a supply of midaozlam—the controversial drug used in botched executions in at least four states—paying $250 in […]

Ohio Executes Ronald Phillips, Resumes Executions After 3½-Year Pause

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After a hiatus of 3½ years, Ohio resumed executions on July 26, putting Ronald Phillips (pictured, photo by the Forgiveness Fountation) to death with a three-drug combination of the sedative midazolam, the paralytic drug rocuronium bromide, and the heart-stopping drug potassium chloride. Phillips was pronounced dead at 10:43 a.m. It was the state’s first execution […]

In Lawsuit Settlement, Arizona to End Automatic Solitary Confinement for Death-Row Prisoners

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Arizona will soon end its policy of automatically and indefinitely incarcerating death-row prisoners in solitary confinement, joining a growing number of states to ease draconian conditions on their state death rows. Arizona’s action is part of a settlement of a federal lawsuit filed against the Department of Corrections (DOC) by death-row prisoner Scott Nordstrom (pictured), […]

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 […]

Seattle Times Urges End to Washington’s “Zombie” Death Penalty

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End costly limbo and repeal the death penalty By Seattle Times editorial board Originally published May 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm Updated May 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm The state Supreme Court again passed on a chance to overturn the death penalty. It is up to the Legislature — if it has the courage to put […]

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Florida Supreme Court Orders Exoneration of Ralph Daniel Wright, Jr. The Florida Supreme Court has directed that Ralph Daniel Wright, Jr. (pictured) be acquitted of the murder charges for which he was sentenced to death in 2014, making him the 159th person exonerated from death row in the United States since 1973. On May 11, […]