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Death Penalty news and analysis from The Nation
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.
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
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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
October 4, 2016
Tonight, Tim Kaine Needs to Make Mike Pence Answer for His Party
The GOP has launched a “Willie Horton”–style racist attack ad—and tonight is Kaine’s chance to destroy it.
August 31, 2016
Voters Have Ousted Notorious Florida Prosecutor Angela Corey
She was known nationally for failing to convict Trayvon Martin’s killer, and for prosecuting Marissa Alexander.
August 30, 2016
Angela Corey’s Forgetful Medical Examiner
The state attorney’s office employed a chief medical examiner who may have suffered from dementia—but it won’t reexamine her cases.