Four states -- Illinois, New Mexico, New Jersey and New York have renounced capital punishment in the past five years. The handwriting is on the wall -- the death penalty is a failed, antiquated experiment on its way out.
The face of a human being demands something of you, forces you to grapple with its individuality and complexity. It is harder to condemn someone once you've seen their face, harder to look away from the pain in their eyes.
As an American, I have faith in our justice system. But as President of the NAACP, I have seen how our justice system can fail -- sometimes even when it comes to life and death.
Image courtesy At long last, those who have friends and relatives on death row will now have help communicating their deepest feelings in writing, ...
by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is asking the USDA to approve a pilot program that would preve...
Although we know there are many aspects of our criminal justice system that are broken, most politicians are unwilling to support measures that might address the injustices.
There is already a great deal of Oscar buzz about Swank's portrayal of Betty Anne Waters' eighteen year struggle against the injustice suffered by her brother. But such instances of injustice need to be a larger part of the real-life public discussion as well.
I know a lot of people who have grown up with a lot more advantages than John Thompson who don't have as much perspective as he does. I hope he wins his legal battle -- but John Thompson is a winner either way, and a win's a win.
John Thompson is one of the "lucky" ones -- after 18 years in prison, he's gotten his life back. New Orleans released him with $10 and the clothes he was arrested in in 1984.
We are appalled by the treatment of death row prisoner Troy Davis. An unfortunate reality is that justice costs, and if you cannot afford the dream team of attorneys, you are in a world of trouble.
$1 billion in five years. That's the amount the governor could save California's taxpayers if he would cut the death penalty and convert all of those costly death sentences to permanent imprisonment.
North Carolina's Racial Justice Act has given inmates sentenced to death in North Carolina a potential route to relief. As of today, 114 death row inmates there have filed motions asserting their sentences were tainted by racial bias.
The California Supreme Court has just 'sentenced' our state's taxpayers to an additional debt of $180,000 more per year. How? The state's high court upheld the death penalty in two cases.
The saga of death row inmate Troy Anthony Davis is entering its last chapter. In an extremely rare ruling last summer, the Supreme Court ordered a federal judge in Georgia to grant Troy an evidentiary hearing to prove his innocence.
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