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#90mStrong Monday: “I witnessed his execution.”

#90mStrong Monday: “I witnessed his execution.”

My name is Maria and my husband John Quintanilla was murdered by the State of Texas on July 16th, 2013. I witnessed his execution. Read More navigateright

Renny Cushing Weighs In On NH Tie Vote

"We will repeal the death penalty in NH," says Rep. Renny Cushing in this new video from the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.  Read More navigateright

BREAKING NEWS: Tie Vote in New Hampshire Death Penalty Repeal

BREAKING NEWS: Tie Vote in New Hampshire Death Penalty Repeal

Today the New Hampshire Senate voted 12-12 on HB 1170, a bill to abolish capital punishment in the state.  Read More navigateright

Supporter Spotlight: Steve Hall

"The death penalty in America is a failed experiment. With every passing day, more and more people are seeing how broken it is, in every way you can imagine." Read More navigateright

Guest Post: New Hampshire Senate Vote on Death Penalty Repeal Tomorrow

Guest Post: New Hampshire Senate Vote on Death Penalty Repeal Tomorrow

In less than 24 hours, the NH Senate decides on whether to repeal the death penalty. Read More navigateright

Michelle Byrom UPDATE: State Wants Explanation

Michelle Byrom UPDATE: State Wants Explanation

On March 31st, 2014, the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed Michelle Byrom’s death sentence and ordered a new trial with a new judge. Before the case could be remanded to the circuit court, the State filed a motion to the Supreme Court, asking for explanations about the reasoning behind the Byrom decision. Read More navigateright

#90mStrong Monday: 18 years in prison, while innocent.

#90mStrong Monday: 18 years in prison, while innocent.

One of the 90 million strong against the death penalty shares her powerful, personal story of innocence.  Read More navigateright

Execution Drug Secrecy: Is It Unconstitutional?

Is execution drug secrecy resulting in unconstitutional executions?  Read More navigateright

#DeathRowStories: How Many Others Have We Missed?

#DeathRowStories: How Many Others Have We Missed?

CNN‘s “Death Row Stories” is a new documentary series that exposes the grave truth about the American justice system. Read More navigateright

The Word - Silent But Deadly

Stephen Colbert takes on the death penalty and new developments in execution drug secrecy.  Read More navigateright

Continuous Momentum for Death Penalty Repeal in New Hampshire

Continuous Momentum for Death Penalty Repeal in New Hampshire

On April 3, 2014 the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on House Bill 1170, a bill to repeal the state’s death penalty.  Read More navigateright

Mississippi Supreme Court Vacates Conviction of Michelle Byrom

Mississippi Supreme Court Vacates Conviction of Michelle Byrom

On Monday, March 31, 2014, the Mississippi Supreme Court vacated the conviction of Michelle Byrom and ordered a new trial. Read More navigateright

Gap Closing between those who Support and Oppose the Death Penalty

Last week, Pew Research Center released results of a 2013 survey which indicates that support for the death penalty is shrinking. The survey breaks out different demographic groups by race, religious affiliation, gender, age and political party affiliation. While the data shows that in most cases a majority of Americans support the death penalty, what is striking is that the gap between those who support it and those who oppose it is narrowing rapidly.  Read More navigateright

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Focuses on the Death Penalty

Just as public opinion in opposition to the death penalty in the U.S. is growing, so too do international calls for the U.S. to abandon this outdated and ineffective injustice continue. On March 25th, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of the American States (OAS) convened a public hearing on the death penalty in Washington, DC. Read More navigateright

Supporter Profile: Wendy Kaminer

Supporter Profile: Wendy Kaminer

I oppose the death penalty because I have limited trust in government and have long regarded support for capital punishment as an exercise in cognitive dissonance. Read More navigateright

Why Does Mississippi Want to Execute Michelle Byrom?

Why Does Mississippi Want to Execute Michelle Byrom?

The state wants to execute a 56-year-old mentally ill woman Thursday even though no one now seems to believe that she murdered the husband who had battered and abused her for years. Read More navigateright

Lost in the U.S. Senate

Lost in the U.S. Senate

On March 5 the Senate voted 52-47 on a procedural matter against confirming Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department's civil rights division. Every Republican present and seven Democrats took the position that Mr. Adegbile, a former lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Senior Counsel with the Senate Judiciary Committee, was not fit to lead the civil rights division because he had been one of several lawyers representing Mumia Abu Jamal.  Read More navigateright

Forgiveness Takes Precedence Over Wrath

Forgiveness Takes Precedence Over Wrath

In an early battle in defense of Islam's still-struggling first community in Medina, the prophet Muhammad's son-in-law Ali brought a traitor to his knees and was about to kill him when the man spat in his face. Ali sheathed his sword, knowing that to strike out of anger rather than out of acting for justice would be a sin. Read More navigateright

Mississippi Should Think Twice Before Executing Michelle Byrom

Mississippi Should Think Twice Before Executing Michelle Byrom

Michelle Byrom, 57, could be executed later this month for a crime she did not commit. She was charged with hiring her son’s friend to kill her abusive husband. It is clear now that her son killed his abusive father. Read More navigateright

Exoneration of Glenn Ford Reveals Deep Flaws in Our Capital Punishment System

Exoneration of Glenn Ford Reveals Deep Flaws in Our Capital Punishment System

After spending 30 years on Louisiana’s death row for a crime he did not commit, Glenn Ford was exonerated and walked free on Tuesday, March 11. Mr. Ford is one of the country’s longest serving death row inmates, and his case exemplifies why, if we speed up the appeals process, we increase the likelihood that an innocent person will be executed. Read More navigateright

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