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Rauf v. Delaware, Delaware Supreme Court’s ruling that its death penalty statute is unconstitutional

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled the state’s current death penalty scheme was unconstitutional. Read More navigateright

LegalWatch: U.S. Supreme Court Ends 2015-2016 Term, Decided Important Death Penalty Issues

The U.S. Supreme Court is wrapping up its 2015-2016 term this week. Starting all the way back at the beginning of last October, the Court decided two particularly noteworthy death penalty-related cases this term, and agreed to hear a third during its 2016-2017 term. Read More navigateright

The Annual Fast & Vigil in Washington, DC June 29th - July 2nd

The Annual Fast & Vigil in Washington, DC June 29th - July 2nd

For these four days, death penalty abolitionists from around the country will gather at the steps of the Supreme Court to call for an end to capital punishment in the United States. Read More navigateright

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review in Buck v. Stephens

On, Monday, June 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that it would review the case of Buck v. Stephens—a case involving Duane Buck, a Texas man who was sentenced to death after his own lawyer inexplicably introduced an expert who testified that he would pose a future danger to society if only sentenced to life imprisonment (and the fact that he was black only increased that likelihood). Read More navigateright

Foster v. Chatman, what it is, and what it means

On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Foster v. Chatman that Timothy Foster established purposeful racial discrimination in the prosecution’s dismissal of two black jurors during jury selection at his trial. Read More navigateright

Four Decades of NCADP Advocacy: What’s Next?

Four Decades of NCADP Advocacy: What’s Next?

After 40 years of work, we look to see what is left to be done in individual states.  Read More navigateright

NEWS: Gov. McAuliffe Decides Virginia Should Not Use the Electric Chair

NEWS: Gov. McAuliffe Decides Virginia Should Not Use the Electric Chair

Rather than turn back to routine use of the electric chair, the Governor made an amendment regarding lethal injection drugs. Read More navigateright

Talking about Race and the Criminal Justice System at Marymount University (Arlington, VA)

Diann Rust-Tierney will attend a panel discussion at Marymount University on April 20th at 6:30 pm. Please join! Read More navigateright

LegalWatch: The Tide is Turning Against the Death Penalty

LegalWatch: The Tide is Turning Against the Death Penalty

Over the past few months we have seen a historic number of efforts to repeal unjust and draconian death penalty laws across the country. In fact, as of this week efforts are underway in almost 20 states to repeal, replace, or hold the line on the death penalty. Read More navigateright

Legislative Victory in Utah

Legislative Victory in Utah

Congratulations to our repeal friends in Utah! On Wednesday, the State Senate voted 15 to 12 to repeal the death penalty. There is a short period to move to the House of Representatives, so we’ll keep you posted. Read More navigateright

NCADP Recommends: 2016 Suggested Reading List

NCADP Recommends: 2016 Suggested Reading List

We have compiled a list of valuable books for your reading list that discuss capital punishment, the criminal justice system, and social reform. Read More navigateright

Election 2016: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and the Death Penalty

Some candidates have announced their opposition to the death penalty, and more have pointed to the numerous problems with it. Read More navigateright

Delaware Repeal Measure Scheduled for Vote on House Floor

Momentum is building in Delaware behind a death penalty repeal bill that is scheduled to be considered on the house floor on Thursday January 28th. Read More navigateright

Kansas Repeal Legislation Introduced

On January 28th a bi-partisan group of law-makers will gather to announce their intention to move death penalty repeal legislation forward in Kansas. Read More navigateright

Racial bias plagues Florida’s death penalty

Racial bias plagues Florida’s death penalty

Professor Frank Baumgartner gives a good analysis on why the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida’s death penalty statute. Judges, rather than jurors, were making the ultimate decision about who should be sentenced to die. Read More navigateright

BREAKING NEWS: Death Penalty Repeal Advances in Two Key States

January 28th 2016 is set to be a big day for Abolition. Lawmakers in Delaware and Kansas have announced their intentions to move forward with death penalty repeal legislation early in 2016. Read More navigateright

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision of Florida’s Death Statute

Last week, in Hurst v. Florida, the Supreme Court ruled that Florida’s capital sentencing scheme was unconstitutional. Read More navigateright

Reflections on Martin Luther King’s Legacy and the Death Penalty

Reflections on Martin Luther King’s Legacy and the Death Penalty

On the occasion of Martin Luther King Junior’s 87th birthday, we must examine our national progress on a project that Dr. King framed so beautifully throughout his life’s work. Read More navigateright

Christmas Memories from Death Row

Christmas Memories from Death Row

It is Christmas time on the row. At night I can hear the muffled sounds of a grown man crying in his pillow. His trusty pillow which is his only safe confidant as emotions are seen as weakness in prison and can even get you killed.  Read More navigateright

#NEWS: Governor Fallin Issues Stay of Execution for Richard Glossip

#NEWS: Governor Fallin Issues Stay of Execution for Richard Glossip

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin grants Richard Glossip a last minute 37 day stay of execution due to issues with drug. Read More navigateright

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