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Number Of Executions On The Rise In 2013

AP | By CARA ANNA | Posted 03.27.2014 | World

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of known executions around the world rose almost 15 percent in 2013, and the United States was among the five countries p...

The Compassionate Executioner

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

How, where and what drugs the executioner can obtain, remain a significant concern as shown by a case in Oklahoma where two executions slated for March have just had to be rescheduled for April. Because of an unfortunate quirk in Oklahoma law, if the executioner is unable to acquire the drugs needed to conduct an execution, the execution may not take place.

Florida's Gruesome Execution Theater

The Washington Post | Posted 03.20.2014 | Crime

In the decades he spent filing stories from Jacksonville after visits to Florida’s execution chamber, former AP reporter Ron Word saw a lot that sti...

Execution Access Increased For Crime Victims

AP | RACHEL LA CORTE | Posted 01.29.2014 | Crime

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state will allow witnesses to executions to see the entire process, including the insertion of intravenous catheter...


AP | TAMARA LUSH | Posted 01.25.2014 | Miami

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida inmate was executed Tuesday for fatally stabbing a prison guard with a sharpened spoon while on death row for abductin...

Relying on Untested Execution Drugs Raises Important Health, Safety and Human Rights Concerns

Tara Lai Quinlan | Posted 02.22.2014 | Crime
Tara Lai Quinlan

While some states have turned to compound pharmacy drugs as a result of the execution drug shortage, other states are using untested drugs for lethal injections. Without established protocols, states are merely guessing about the necessary dosages and very possibly getting it wrong.

Death Sentences Remain Near Record Lows

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reliance on the death penalty continues to decline with 39 people executed this year, only the second time in 19 years that fewer ...

Radley Balko

U.S. Counties Killing The Most People Are Good At Getting Death Penalty, Not So Good At Justice | Radley Balko | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

Just 2 percent of counties in America are responsible for more than half the nation's executions, and those same counties have been responsible for a ...

The Statistics of Evil

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Reza Pahlavi

For the Iran watchers and policy makers who think President Rouhani has any real authority in Iran, know that the absolute power in Iran and man responsible for this evil is Ayatollah Khamenei, along with the other unelected members of the Supreme Council.

Ohio Execution Drug Runs Out

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 09.26.2013 | Crime

LUCASVILLE, Ohio -- Ohio is looking to the future of its execution procedure after the lethal injection of a killer whose death exhausted the state's ...

Mental Illness Advocates File To Halt Florida Execution

Reuters | Posted 10.05.2013 | Miami

* Execution set for 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT By David Adams MIAMI, Aug 5 (Reuters) - A Florida man who has spent 35 years o...

Oklahoma Man Executed For Killing Couple

AP | Posted 06.18.2013 | Crime

McALESTER, Okla. -- Oklahoma executed a 36-year-old man on Tuesday for the October 2000 stabbing deaths of a couple on whose ranch he had worked. Jam...

Man Executed For Rape And Murder Of Girl, 10

AP | TAMARA LUSH | Posted 05.29.2013 | Crime

STARKE, Fla. -- A convicted child molester condemned for the 1990 rape and murder of a 10-year-old Florida girl has been executed at the Florida State...

Saudi Arabia's Execution Fixation: A Blight on Mankind

William J. Furney | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
William J. Furney

For a country that bases its laws and culture on the fundamental word of God, whom it believes gave it life, it is surely an extraordinary irony that it then plays the role of God in taking life away.

Convicted Murderer Executed In Oklahoma

AP | DAN HOLTMEYER | Posted 05.12.2013 | Crime

McALESTER, Okla. — A man convicted of committing three murders in three states during a 10-day rampage was executed Tuesday in Oklahoma for one ...

4 States Executed Vast Majority Of Inmates In 2012

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 12.18.2012 | Crime

WASHINGTON -- Just four states carried out more than three-fourths of the executions in the United States this year, while another 23 states have not ...

A Busy Year for the Texas Executioner, but Hank Skinner Eludes Death Again

David Protess | Posted 02.17.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

On death row for 18 Christmases, Hank Skinner has outlived more than 400 condemned men and women. How? Turns out the evidence was not what it seemed.

State Changes Execution Method After Drug Shortage

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 07.11.2012 | Business

DALLAS -- Texas, the nation's most active death penalty state, announced Tuesday that it would become the latest to switch to single-drug executions a...

American Trifecta: Broken Political, Economic and Justice Systems

David A. Love | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
David A. Love

When citizens begin to question the institutions that have failed them and society for the benefit of the few, that's when real change has a chance to peek through the window.

Syria: War Crimes in Idlib During Peace Negotiations

Human Rights Watch | Posted 07.02.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

Executions, Destruction of Property, and Arbitrary Detentions (New York) – Syrian government forces killed at least 95 civilians and burned or d...

Another State Could Ban Death Penalty In November

AP | By PAUL ELIAS | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO -- California voters will soon get a chance to decide whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility o...

New Report Shows Death Penalty By Country

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.27.2012 | World

Fewer countries worldwide used capital punishment in 2011, however those that did carry out executions did so at an "alarming rate," according to a ne...

U.S. Ranks 5th On Global Execution Scale

AP | PETER JAMES SPIELMANN | Posted 03.27.2012 | Crime

NEW YORK -- The United States was the only Western democracy that executed prisoners last year, even as an increasing number of U.S. states are moving...

Arizona Set To Match Execution Record

AP | By AMANDA LEE MYERS | Posted 03.14.2012 | Crime

PHOENIX -- With two executions already carried out so far this year and two more up for consideration next week, Arizona is on pace to match its busie...

China and the U.S.: World Leaders in Executions

David A. Love | Posted 02.21.2012 | World
David A. Love

Executions are merely the most violent manifestation of this inequity and injustice in the land, a failure to come to terms with bad habits and the demons of an American past that continue to torment us today.