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Rodney Reed

Sentenced to die after his DNA was found on murder victim Stacy Stites, Reed insists it was proof of an illicit affair—and that her police officer fiancé is the real killer.

Hank Skinner

Hank Skinner was scheduled to die on November 9, but his execution was halted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Will the state finally agree to test the evidence in his case?

Roars of applause for executions at the GOP debate, official approval of torture, barbaric prison conditions, obstruction of aid to storm victims and children in need—is our nation descending into barbarism?

In my own experience as a journalist covering this issue, the vast majority of politicians who defend capital punishment do so out of rank opportunism.

There will not be justice for Troy Davis. But his case has reawakened Americans to a relic of injustice that must be abolished once and for all.

Larry Swearingen

Texas death row prisoner Larry Swearingen has faced execution three times for a crime medical experts say he could not possibly have committed.

Troy Davis is one of thousands who face execution for crimes they may not have committed.

Because of a lethal injection drug shortage, some death penalty states have started tinkering with the drug cocktail used in the procedure. But in their rush to kill inmates, are officials breaking the law?

Americans are rejecting capital punishment in greater numbers than ever before.

American support for the death penalty is flagging. So why did some candidates make it an election issue?

Blogs

Probes of the (especially) cruel one that did go down are now underway. 

April 30, 2014

Clayton D. Lockett reacted “violently” to an untested combination of drugs Tuesday before succumbing to a heart attack.

April 30, 2014

Researchers found that about one in twenty-five of people sentenced to death are likely innocent.

April 29, 2014

A state legislator wants to impeach the five justices who granted a state of execution for two death row inmates earlier this week.

April 24, 2014

Republican Governor Mary Fallin is defying a state Supreme Court order staying the executions of two men.

April 23, 2014

The Racial Justice Act allowed death row inmates to challenge their sentences if they believed race played a significant role.

April 14, 2014

“Americans support the death penalty, but don’t want to know how the sausage is made."

April 3, 2014

The State Supreme Court decision reverses Byrom's capital murder conviction for conspiring to kill her husband, a crime her son confessed to.

April 1, 2014

Transparency and civil rights advocates win two victories in a growing battle over anonymous suppliers.

March 27, 2014

UPDATE: Michelle Byrom was not executed on March 27. The Mississippi Supreme Court is reviewing a post-conviction motion to review evidence in her case.

March 26, 2014