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The Garden State has become the center of gravity in the fight to
abolish capital punishment.

As doubts grow about the humanity and constitutionality of lethal injection, California, Florida and Maryland have shut down executions. America's flight from the death penalty continues.

This summer marks a grim anniversary of a Supreme Court decision to
affirm the death penalty and create a bureaucratic killing machine that
puts American justice at odds with the Constitution's underlying
values.

Justice triumphed over blood vengeance Wednesday as jurors declined to sentence a marginal 9/11 conspirator to death, while one of the real culprits languishes in a secret prison, unlikely to ever come to trial.

Abolishing the death penalty was one of Coretta Scott King's signature issues. The irony is that Georgia remains one of the leading practitioners of the death penalty.

It seemed too bizarre to be anything but apocryphal, but, hey, I heard it on NPR: William Poole, a high school junior from Kentucky, was taken into custody and charged with threatening to commit

The immediate outcome of the Supreme Court's 5-to-4 decision in Roper v.

"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.

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The release of a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate has opened up a bipartisan conversation around punitive justice in North Carolina.

September 11, 2014

If a Georgia execution goes as planned, it will be the first to take place in the United States since Oklahoma officials botched the lethal injection of Clayton Lockett on April 29.

June 17, 2014

An independent autoposy report raises serious questions about the medical professionals who carried out Clayton Lockett’s botched execution.

June 13, 2014

On Thursday, Tennessee became the only state in America to authorize forced electrocutions.

May 23, 2014

Medical evidence suggests Russell Bucklew's rare, birth defect could cause him to hemorrhage and gasp for air during a lethal injection.

May 20, 2014

Glad to see that The Guardian, Associated Press and three Missouri newspapers are launching “landmark” suit to end secrecy on death penalty protocols. 

May 20, 2014

“If Missouri officials are confident enough to execute Russell Bucklew, they should be confident enough to videotape it.”

May 16, 2014

UPDATE: The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has stayed the execution of Robert Campbell.

May 13, 2014

As reforms have caused incarceration rates to fall and the sky has not fallen with it, Americans are increasingly supportive of such measures. 

May 7, 2014

Mixed in are some laughs, if you can handle that, and to get viewers to swallow this topic, a promise of cute hamsters.

May 6, 2014