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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?

Witnesses whose false testimony sent Troy Davis to death row are now trying to do the right thing. Will Georgia?

Blogs

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

A new investigation by The Colorado Independent provides a disturbing look at the state of capital punishment in America.

March 19, 2014

Robert Redford and Susan Sarandon produced the terrific documentary series.

March 14, 2014

Produced by Alex Gibney and Robert Redford with narration by Susan Sarandon.

March 5, 2014

Michael Taylor was convicted for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl.

February 25, 2014

Ohio's official lethal injection cocktail came under fire after a grisly execution in January.

February 20, 2014