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Death Penalty news and analysis from The Nation
March 15, 2018
It’s Time to Stop Fixating on Punishment
Trump’s call to execute drug dealers is bizarre and irrational, but so is our criminal-justice system.
March 13, 2018
Why Is No One Demanding an Explanation for the Torture of Doyle Hamm?
He was the first person in the history of Alabama’s use of lethal injection to walk out of the execution chamber alive.
March 2, 2018
The Cruel and Unusual Punishment of Doyle Lee Hamm
The State of Alabama was warned that its planned execution of Hamm would be painful and torturous. It kept going anyway.
November 14, 2017
Prosecutors Keep Their Jobs by Putting People in Jail. Can They Be Leaders in the Fight for Criminal-Justice Reform?
A new wave of “progressive” prosecutors has made big promises. But is it possible for them to bring change when they are so reliant on law enforcement to do their jobs?
October 18, 2017
Prosecutors Are Banding Together to Prevent Criminal-Justice Reform
A new investigation shows that DA associations are thwarting changes to the death penalty, sentencing, and more.
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April 21, 2017
Why Is Arkansas Rushing to Execute Its Prisoners?
The overseers of our capital punishment system are increasingly standing alone.
January 16, 2017
A Racial-Justice Argument Against Killing Dylann Roof
When we grant states the right to kill its citizens, we are accepting all forms of state-sanctioned violence.
November 17, 2016
Rudolph Giuliani Can’t Stand the Constitution
Remember when he was mayor?
Alex S. Vitale
November 12, 2016
Election Night Saw Victories in Local Criminal-Justice Reform—This Should Be the Beginning
Local prosecutor and sheriff races are winnable and build power.
Robert J. Smith
October 18, 2016
What if the Next Presidential Debate Actually Covered Critical Issues?
We need a debate worthy of the challenges we face as a nation.
Katrina vanden Heuvel