America Had Fewer Executions In 2017 Than In 23 Of The Last 25 Years

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Why Execution Numbers Continue To Fall Off A Cliff Midday on Tuesday, November 28, the Texas Court of Criminal appeals stayedthe execution of Juan Castillo, who was convicted and sentenced to death as the trigger-man in a 2003 robbery-murder on a San Antonio lovers’ lane. At Castillo’s trial, another inmate testified that Castillo had confessed his role […]

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, […]

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

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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,” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Political Analysis: Is Conservative Support the Future of Death-Penalty Abolition?

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In a forthcoming article in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, released online in July, Ben Jones argues that, despite the popular conception of death-penalty abolition as a politically progressive cause, its future success may well depend upon building support among Republicans and political conservatives. In The Republican Party, Conservatives, and the Future of […]

NEW RESOURCES: Capital Punishment and the State of Criminal Justice 2017

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The American Bar Association has released a new publication, The State of Criminal Justice 2017, an annual report examining major issues, trends, and significant changes in America’s criminal justice system. In a chapter devoted to capital punishment, Ronald J. Tabak, chair of the Death Penalty Committee of the ABA’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, […]

Former Warden: Arkansas Execution Rush Is Dangerous and Risky

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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

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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

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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