February 2008 Issue 44

Articles in this Issue:

Supreme Court to decide on lethal injection

By: Liliana Segura

On January 7, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Baze v. Reese, ostensibly to decide whether the death penalty as carried out in 36 out of 37 states in this country is unconstitutional. 

A tribute to Stanley Tookie Williams

Alice Kim speaks with Barbara Becnel

You produced and directed a new documentary honoring Stan’s life. What can you tell us about this new film?  

New Jersey abolishes the death penalty

Where next?

By: Marlene Martin

New Jersey’s Gov. Jon Corzine signed legislation on December 17, 2007 making New Jersey the fourteenth state without the death penalty. This is the first time since 1965 that a state has abolished the death penalty legislatively.  

Keeping It Real

Explaining the settlements

By: pardoned Illinois death row prisoner Stanley Howard

After a yearlong fight to get the City of Chicago to honor its November 2006 settlement, when the city was set to approve the $19.8 million bill, I realized they were being unfair to me. And because of your many questions and letters, it’s only fitting for me to explain to everyone who fought so hard for the settlement why I decided at the last minute to reject the deal.

Death penalty: Guilty on all counts

Campaign to End the Death Penalty National Convention 2007

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty held its seventh annual convention on November 10 and 11 in Chicago, with 100 people from across the country attending. 

Speech at 2007 CEDP Convention

The journey continues

By: Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean is an author and activist against the death penalty. She wrote the book Dead Man Walking, which was made into an award-winning movie, as well as The Death of Innocents; she has another book due out this year.  

Speeches from 2007 CEDP national convention

The fight for Kenneth Foster


Kenneth Foster Jr. was scheduled to die on August 30, 2007 in Texas. He came within six hours of being executed before Gov. Rick Perry granted his appeal for clemency.