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Anti-death penalty movement
Anti-death penalty movement news and analysis from The Nation
May 24, 2021
A Few Words for the Firing Squad
A new South Carolina law forces people on death row to choose between firing squad and electric chair if lethal injection drugs aren’t available.
January 11, 2021
My Brother Was Condemned to Death—Then He Was Condemned to Covid-19
As the Trump administration races to execute as many people as possible, and as Covid-19 rips through prisons, my brother is fighting for his life on two fronts.
January 6, 2021
How the System Kept Failing the Only Woman on Federal Death Row
Throughout Lisa Montgomery’s life, authorities repeatedly failed to stop the extreme violence and abuse that she suffered.
November 18, 2020
Executing Lisa Montgomery Would Be One of Trump’s Final Cruelties
For the first time in 67 years, the federal government is set to execute a woman.
November 12, 2020
A Plea From Federal Death Row: ‘We Need You to Raise Your Voices’
As the Trump administration rushes to execute more and more people, my friends are dying—and I might be next.
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July 17, 2020
The Trump Administration Is on a Capital Punishment Killing Spree
After 17 years, attorney General Bill Barr has resumed federal executions—and the conservatives on the Supreme Court approve.
February 17, 2020
Audia Jones Wants to Redefine Criminal Justice in Texas
Disappointed in her old boss, a former district attorney is running to be the Harris County district attorney on one of the most progressive platforms of 2020.
November 27, 2019
Take Action Now: Fight to End Mass Incarceration
Tell your lawmaker to visit a prison; call on Congress to reduce excessive sentencing; and help people make bail.
September 12, 2019
Democrats Can Become the Party of Death Penalty Abolitionism
“The death penalty has no place in a just society,” said Representative Ayanna Pressley. Tonight's Democratic debate in Texas presents the candidates with the chance to unify around that cause.
July 26, 2019
The Trump Administration’s Death Penalty Cult
William Barr’s decision amounts to playing politics with death.