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Anti-death penalty movement

Anti-death penalty movement news and analysis from The Nation

  • September 9, 2008

    Whither Capital Punishment

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

    The Nation

  • December 14, 2005

    Hypocrisy Trumps Clemency

    The refusal of the California governor, who built his fame feeding adolescent fantasies of killing, to grant clemency to a former gang leader who tried to dissuade kids from violence only adds to the widening discomfort over the death penalty in America.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • December 14, 2005

    Two Prisoners Named Williams

    The lives and deaths of two prisoners intersected this week--Stanley Tookie Williams and Richard Williams, flawed men whose political perspectives and pursuit of personal redemption were inspired by a radical social consciousness.

    Dan Berger

  • March 3, 2005

    Too Young to Die

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

    The Editors

  • February 17, 2005

    Knowing What You’re Talking About

    "Expert testimony" does not mean having a badge or a degree.

    Liliana Segura


  • January 23, 2005

    Waiting for Roper v. Simmons

    A forum on the juvenile death penalty.

    Patrick Mulvaney

  • December 16, 2004

    Stuff These Stockings (Please)

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

    Katha Pollitt

  • January 16, 2003

    Ryan’s Courage

    "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.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • December 18, 2002

    Death Penalty Talking Points

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

    The Nation

  • July 3, 2002

    Tinkering With the Death Machine

    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."

    Christopher Hitchens