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.

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: Part II: 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 […]

BREAKING NEWS: Delaware Supreme Court rules the state’s death penalty is unconstitutional.


In a 3-2 decision, the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled the state’s death penalty unconstitutional. The 98-page opinion from Chief Justice Leo Strine found that certain aspects of Delaware’s statute conflict with a recent U.S. Supreme Court Case striking down Florida’s capital punishment program. Justice Karen Valihura issued a split opinion, while Justice James T. […]

NEW RESOURCE: Political Party Platforms on Capital Punishment


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 […]

Why Protecting the Innocent From a Death Sentence Isn’t Enough

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by I. Beverly Lake Jr., Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina Huffington Post, 05/18/2016 I’ve always been known as a tough-on-crime, pro-law enforcement individual, and I still am. During my years as a North Carolina State Senator, I vigorously advocated for the death penalty. As a superior court judge, I presided over trials […]