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Another holiday season--and only a year after the last one. How did that happen?

"Our capital system is haunted by the demon of error," Illinois Governor
George Ryan said on January 11, clearing his state's death row as his
final act of office.

1. It is morally reprehensible to take a life, and it is especially reprehensible for the state to do so.

Politicians and courts are taking their cues from growing public

The essential case for the abolition of capital punishment has long been complete, whether it is argued as an overdue penal reform, as a shield against the arbitrary and the irreparable or as part of the case against "big government."

Capital punishment will be one of the defining issues of the coming year.


The late New York governor made it his mission to speak up for a moral politics and governance.

January 2, 2015

Is the infamous death penalty finally expiring?

December 30, 2013

For family members of death row prisoners, including those who have been executed, gatherings like the March for Abolition are a critical lifeline, and a link to a desperately needed community.

November 16, 2012

After mourning, fight back by helping these four groups redouble their efforts to abolish capital punishment in the US.

September 22, 2011

Here's my stab at a list of the top ten songs ever written in opposition to capital punishment.

September 20, 2011

Student involvement in the Troy Davis case has been especially strong.

September 20, 2011

Even with just two weeks left, the fight to save Davis' life is winnable.

September 13, 2011

Facing a shortage of lethal injection drugs, some death penalty states have begun switching up the drug cocktail used in executions—but is this experimentation legal?

May 24, 2011

Help prevent a wrongful state execution.

June 16, 2010

As a seven-month national moratorium on executions comes to an end, where does the student movement against the death penalty go?

September 9, 2008