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What You Don’t Know About Death Row: Solitary Confinement

What You Don’t Know About Death Row: Solitary Confinement

Solitary confinement is a brutal rehabilitation method for incarcerated persons in the general prison population and on death row. Read More navigateright

#NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Two Death Penalty Cases

#NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Two Death Penalty Cases

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down decisions on two cases specifically related to the death penalty: Brumfield v. Cain and Davis v. Ayala. Read More navigateright

The Supreme Court and the Death Penalty

The Supreme Court and the Death Penalty

1998 Pulitzer Prize winner Linda Greenhouse has written a compelling op-ed in the New York Times today on the Supreme Court's inconsistent and often bewildering approach to death penalty cases. Read More navigateright

Inconsistency at the Supreme Court

Inconsistency at the Supreme Court

As executions decline, who is actually being executed - the worst of the worst criminals? Far from it. In fact, instead of the worst of the worst, you could say it's often the least culpable; people with Intellectual Disabilities and severe mental illness. Read More navigateright

Weekly News Roundup 1/5/15 - 1/9/15

Post-Botched Execution, Oklahoma Prepares For New Execution; Indiana State Senator Proposes Bill To Abolish State’s Death Penalty; Another Study Concludes Death Penalty Costs States Millions and #ICYMI: Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley Commutes State’s Remaining Death Sentences Read More navigateright

Weekly News Round-Up: 11/3/14 - 11/7/14

Weekly News Round-Up: 11/3/14 - 11/7/14

MD AG argues state no longer has “authority” to execute. One man's death sentence is thrown out in TX while another mentally-ill man is prepared for execution. And questions are raised about the moral and financial cost of the death penalty. Read More navigateright

Mental Illness and the Death Penalty

Mental Illness and the Death Penalty

"By all means justice should be done. But I have to wonder: Where is the justice in killing a sick human being?” A look at the death penalty and the mentally ill. 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

All Victims Deserve Dignity and Respect

All Victims Deserve Dignity and Respect

The Colorado Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty has been working to support the family of Eric Autobee whose murder was likely preventable. He was killed while at work as a prison guard by a mentally ill prisoner in plain view of a control station that was unstaffed. Bob Autobee, Eric's father, and a former prison guard himself, has been shut out of the process by prosecutors seeking to execute the man who killed his son because he opposes the death penalty. Read More navigateright

Lawless In Texas: The Case Of Edgar Tamayo Arias

Respect for the rule of law is one of the many casualties of capital punishment. Public officials who cling to this practice most vociferously are often among the worst offenders. Texas is a case in point. The execution of Edgar Tamayo Arias has drawn national and international attention. It highlights an aspect of Texas pride that can be endearing but sometimes raises troubling concerns. Read More navigateright

Statement by EU on the execution of John Ferguson

Statement by EU on the execution of John Ferguson

Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the execution of John Ferguson in the US State of Florida Read More navigateright

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Comes Out Against the Death Penalty

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, has joined the growing ranks of judges and prosecutors who now oppose the death penalty. Read More navigateright