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Death Penalty 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.
May 7, 2021
The Last Laugh
Scene, Not Seen. Scenes from our series “The Greater Quiet” for the week of May 3.
April 12, 2021
Ramsey Clark’s Choices
The former attorney general, who died April 9, remained true to his principles.
February 8, 2021
President Biden Is Our Chance to End the Federal Death Penalty
Trump’s execution spree laid bare some of the death penalty’s fundamental flaws.
Sister Helen Prejean
January 25, 2021
The Trauma of the Death Penalty in Texas
Executions leave a mark on everyone involved.
The Texas Observer
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January 13, 2021
The Execution of Lisa Montgomery and ‘the Craven Bloodlust of a Failed Administration’
The federal government was willing to risk a superspreader event to kill a victim of sexual torture.
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.
December 11, 2020
Fighting From Federal Death Row in the Memory of My Friends
“These are the names of the humans on federal death row and the dates that the Trump administration intends to kill them before leaving office.”
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.