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September 18, 2014

Henry McCollum and Leon Brown are now numbers 145 and 146 on the list of innocent people exonerated from death row since 1973, based on DNA evidence. After a wrong conviction and 30 years in prison, Henry McCollum and his half – brother Leon Brown, were exonerated and...

July 29, 2014

Charles Ogletree Jr. a professor of Law at Harvard, recently wrote an opinion piece about the death penalty for the Washington Post. In his piece, Ogletree Jr. emphasized an inherent lack of human dignity in death penalty cases by sharing some powerful statistics. “A n...

May 2, 2014

Two weeks ago, New Hampshire came within one vote of ending the death penalty. The state Senate voted 12-12 on a bill that would have repealed the death penalty. Senators then voted to table the bill. Previously, the bill had received overwhelming support in New Hampsh...

April 21, 2014

new study by the Kansas Judicial Council has revealed a serious disparity in cost between regular trials and death penalty trials.

The study, which examined 34 recent death penalty cases, found that jury trials for death penalty cases averaged 40.13 days to...

April 9, 2014

Last weekend Maryland became the second state, after Illinois in 2011, to allocate part of its budget savings after abolishing the death penalty towards helping the families of murder victims. The bill for the victims’ families passed with unanimous...

April 3, 2014

If you have been keeping up with television lately, then you are probably already aware of CNN’s  documentary series “Death Row Stories.” Each episode of the series is dedicated to one individual and his/her case, detailing the alleged crime, the sentence, and the expe...

March 21, 2014

Last Tuesday, Glenn Ford became the 144th innocent person to be exonerated from death row.

Ford’s case is yet another example of the flaws of the capital punishment system in America. He was the longest-serving inmate on Louisiana’s death row, having spent almost 30 yea...

March 7, 2014

Cameron Todd Willingham was executed by the state of Texas in 2004 for allegedly murdering his three daughters by setting fire to his house. Now, his case is returning to the spotlight once more.

In the 10 years since his execution, a growing body of evidence has emerge...

February 20, 2014

Last week saw two states on opposite ends of the country take large steps forward towards death penalty abolition.

In Washington, Governor Jay Inslee announced a death penalty moratorium in his state. This means that Governor Inslee will issue a reprieve whenever a capi...

February 6, 2014

After spending a collective 70 years in prison, the Beatrice Six were pardoned in 2009, when DNA testing proved them innocent. Their conviction was largely based on false confessions, which each of the six testified they were forced into through rigorous interrogations...

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