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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in opposition to the death penalty in the U.S. is growing, so too do international calls for the U.S. to abandon this outdated and ineffective injustice continue.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

Topeka Capital Journal Editorializes Against Appeals Bill

The Topeka Capital Journal, cjonline.com, yesterday posted a balanced editorial discussing House Bill 2389, a bill in the state legislature that would revise and expedite the appeals process for death penalty cases in Kansas. The editorial came down in opposition to the legislation. Read More navigateright

Father of murder victim, Eric Autobee, speaks about his opposition to the death penalty

On the first day of the retrial of his son’s killer, Edward Montour, Bob Autobee shares with Democracy Now how he came to forgive his son’s killer and oppose his execution. Read More navigateright

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hall v. FL

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hall v. FL

Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the case of Hall v. Florida. NCADP’s Executive Director, Diann Rust-Tierney, summarized the issue before the court in her recent blog about the case. Read More navigateright

Upholding the Law and the Constitution

More than a decade ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Atkins v. Virginia, 536 U.S. 304 (2002) that the eighth amendment categorically forbids people with intellectual disabilities from being sentenced to death and executed. States were charged with the appropriate role of setting procedures to enforce and give effect to this Constitutional protection. 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

A Final Farewell to Greg Wilhoit, Who Survived Oklahoma’s Death Row

A Final Farewell to Greg Wilhoit, Who Survived Oklahoma’s Death Row

America's community of death row survivors bids a farewell to another one of its own. Gregory R. Wilhoit, who had spent five years on Oklahoma's death row after being wrongfully convicted for the brutal murder of his wife, died in his sleep on February 13. Read More navigateright

Justice Playing ‘Second Fiddle’ to Enforcing Death Penalty in Missouri

According due process of the law to death row inmates in Missouri is apparently a difficult constitutional mandate to embrace, at least for some state attorneys charged with carrying out death penalty sentences.  Read More navigateright

Victims’ Families Lead the Way in Maryland

When her husband, Michael was murdered, Bonita became a single mother and sole breadwinner, yet she dedicated herself to helping other victims in need. Read More navigateright

New Hampshire Criminal Justice Committee Passes Repeal Bill

New Hampshire Criminal Justice Committee Passes Repeal Bill

Tuesday, February 10th, New Hampshire moved one step closer to repealing the death penalty. In a 14-3 vote, the New Hampshire House Criminal Justice committee overwhelmingly voted favor of House Bill 1170. Read More navigateright

Governor Inslee Declares a Moratorium on Executions for Washington State

Governor Inslee Declares a Moratorium on Executions for Washington State

On February 11, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee announced a moratorium on the death penalty in state, making Washington state the latest state to join the national trend towards ending use of the death penalty. For the remainder of his time in office Inslee will grant reprieves for death sentences, preventing any executions from happening. Read More navigateright

Death Penalty a ‘house of cards’?

Diann Rust-Tierney, live on MSNBC with host Craig Melvin, discusses how the death penalty is a system that is falling in on itself like a house of cards.  Read More navigateright

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