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Why Is America 50 Years Behind the Times When It Comes to the Death Penalty?

Matthew Chapman | Posted 08.12.2014 | Crime
Matthew Chapman

When execution ended in my country, a shadow faded. Something grim and primitive was gone. There's still violence and murder in England, of course, but its citizens -- including children -- no longer have to be accomplices in the most premeditated of all killings.

Maryland Lawmakers Approve Measure To Ban Death Penalty

Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

The Maryland General Assembly approved a measure Friday to repeal the state's death penalty. The House of Delegates voted 82 to 56 Friday to pass a...

18th State Poised To Ban Death Penalty

Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

By MICHELLE JANAYE NEALY AND BRIAN WITTE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANNAPOLIS, Md. — It's been eight years since Maryland executed a convicted killer,...

Voters Reject A Death Penalty Ban

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 01.07.2013 | San Francisco

LOS ANGELES — California voters rejected the latest attempt to repeal California's death penalty, dealing a blow to activists who saw the electi...

California Bill To End Death Penalty Dies Before Even Coming To A Vote

Aaron Sankin | Posted 10.26.2011 | San Francisco

A bill in the California State Senate that would eliminate the death penalty has been killed before it ever had the chance to come to a vote. Spons...

Illinois Death Penalty Officially Ends

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 08.31.2011 | Chicago

It's been more than a decade since former Illinois Governor George Ryan imposed a moratorium on executions and cleared death row, fearing that an impe...

Republicans Discuss Reinstating Illinois Death Penalty

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — For a mother who lost her son to violence, Illinois' decision to abolish the death penalty is a betrayal. But to a father wh...

Illinois Death Penalty Abolished, Death Row Cleared

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — After two decades of debate about the risk of executing an innocent person, Illinois abolished the death penalty Wednesday, ...

Obama Weighs In On Illinois Death Penalty Ban

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Governor Pat Quinn said Monday that he will take action on a bill that would abolish the death penalty in Illinois this week, though he has not said w...

Quinn Considers Bill That Would Ban Death Penalty

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Nearly a decade after a former governor dramatically cleared the state's death row, Gov. Pat Quinn will return Illinois to the center ...

New Mexico Bans Death Penalty

AP | DEBORAH BAKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SANTA FE, N.M. — Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation Wednesday repealing New Mexico's death penalty, making it the second state to ban execu...