Pope Francis Wants the Catholic Church to Change Doctrine on Death Penalty


He called for changing church doctrine By Eli Meixler, Time Magazine October 13, 2017 Pope Francis said the death penalty is “inadmissible” and called for changes to church doctrine to prohibit it, the church’s strongest comments yet on the controversial issue. “It must be strongly stated that condemning a person to the death penalty is an inhumane measure,” […]

Could this be the case that ends the death penalty in America?

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A Top Lawyer Has Asked The Supreme Court To Hear A Major Death Penalty Case In a new filing, Neal Katyal is asking the high court to consider Arizona’s death penalty law — and whether the death penalty itself is unconstitutional. WASHINGTON — One of the country’s top lawyers is asking the Supreme Court to […]

Former Warden: Arkansas Execution Rush Is Dangerous and Risky


By Dr. Allen Ault, Originally published in Time Magazine The Arkansas government is preparing to execute eight death-row prisoners in a ten-day span, before one of its lethal-injection drugs expires. It plans to execute two people per day over four days: April 17, 20, 24 and 27. The decision is dangerous for many reasons. As […]

Report finds exonerations in the US rose again in 2016


By JUAN A. LOZANO, ASSOCIATED PRESS The number of people exonerated in the U.S. rose again in 2016, with more than half of them involved in cases in which it was later determined no crime occurred, according to a report released Tuesday. A record 94 of last year’s 166 total exonerations came in such cases, […]

American Nurses Association takes a stand against capital punishment


Capital punishment is a human rights violation and the American Nurses Association is proud to stand in opposition. Click below to read the ANA’s new position statement. http://bit.ly/2kG0zgK

Remembering abolition activist Karla Gray, Montana’s first female chief justice


It is with great sadness that we learn of Karla Gray’s passing. The Honorable Karla Gray, the first female Chief Justice in Montana, was admired by many including the Montana Abolition Coalition. Justice Gray was the first judge in Montana to talk about what it was truly like to be part of the system that […]

NEW REPORT: Just Half of One Percent of All Counties in the U.S. Obtained Five or More Death Sentences Between 2010-15


Fifty-Six Percent of Death Penalty Cases Involved Defendants with Intellectual Disability, Mental Illness, or Brain Damage, or Involved Defendants Under Age 21 READ THE REPORTS: Part I:http://fairpunishment.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/FPP-TooBroken.pdf Part II: http://fairpunishment.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/FPP-TooBroken_II.pdf Cambridge, Mass. — Today, Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project released Part II of  a new report offering an in-depth look at how the death […]

Support for death penalty lowest in more than four decades


BY BAXTER OLIPHANT, Pew Research Center As the Supreme Court prepares to hear the first of two death penalty cases in this year’s term, the share of Americans who support the death penalty for people convicted of murder is now at its lowest point in more than four decades. Only about half of Americans (49%) now […]

Where the Death Penalty Still Lives


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


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 […]