News and Updates

Dave Keaton, first death row exoneree in the U.S., dies

Credit: Edwin Tse
By: Lily Hughes
The New Abolitionist
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Florida death row survivor Dave Keaton died this past week at the age of 63. Dave was the first death row prisoner to be exonerated in the U.S.

Dave was part of a group of young men known as the Quincy Five, a group of young black men accused of murder of an off-duty police officer and robbery of a Tallahassee convenience store. The young men were all convicted based on false eyewitness testimony and coerced confessions.

Dave was the first of the group to be convicted, by an all-white jury, based solely on a confession that was obtained by the use of beatings, threats and lies.

The Torture of Solitary

Credit: Carlos Javier Ortiz / Redux
A teen in solitary confinement at Illinois Youth Center in St Charles, IL.
By: Lily Hughes
Monday, June 29, 2015

With the tragic death of Kalief Browder, solitary confinement has taken another life. The practice must end.


Supreme Court refuses to ban controversial method of execution

Credit: Jacquelyn Martin, AP
A vehicle parked near the Supreme Court displays a sign that says "Stop The Death Penalty Now" on June 29, 2015
By: Richard Wolf
USA Today
Monday, June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused Monday to limit states' use of a controversial execution method that opponents have likened to being burned alive.

The court's conservative majority said lethal injection remains the most humane method of execution.

Meet the victims of mass incarceration

Inside Menard Correctional Center in downstate Illinois
By: Marlene Martin
Socialist Worker
Monday, June 15, 2015

Marlene Martin of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty reveals the invisible injustices of the prison system in this account of a visit to a downstate Illinois jail.

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Nebraska Bans Death Penalty, Defying a Veto

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Senators Kathy Campbell and Ernie Chambers after voting to repeal the death penalty on Wednesday.
By: Julie Bosman
New York Times
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska on Wednesday became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty, with lawmakers defying their Republican governor, Pete Ricketts, a staunch supporter of capital punishment who had lobbied vigorously against banning it.

Critical Alert Mumia in Grave Condition

Prison Radio
Monday, April 27, 2015

Please read through this action alert and letter from supporters of Mumia Abu Jamal and consider sending the below letter as well making phone calls to advocate for medical attention for Mumia. He needs our support now!

Dear <<First Name>>,

Mumia Abu-Jamal was seen today by his wife and his condition has worsened. He, is gravely ill.  We are asking everyone to call the prison. Right now. It may be late, but call whenever you get this. 

Killing Capital Punishment

By: Lily Hughes
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Officials in Oklahoma and other states are scrambling to figure out a way to kill people.

Concerned over a lack of access to lethal injection drugs, the Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill in late April approving the use of the gas chamber for executions.

By: Lily Hughes
Socialist Worker
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

THE LOUISIANA justice system isn't known for its humane treatment of prisoners--and with the recent denial of compensation to exonerated death row prisoner Glenn Ford, the state more than lives up to its reputation for harsh injustice.

Ford was convicted by an all-white jury for the 1983 robbery and murder of Shreveport watchmaker Isadore Duncan, and sent to death row in 1984. From the beginning, Ford stated that he was nowhere near the crime scene when the murder occurred. He was convicted based on shaky testimony from an eyewitness who later admitted that she lied about Ford's involvement in the crime.

BREAKING NEWS: Rodney Reed granted a stay of execution by CCA
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

We have just learned that the execution of Rodney Reed has been stayed for now, by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA). The fight isn’t over until a new trial is granted, but this is great news!!

The Need to Save Reed!

Kenneth and his daughter
By: Kenneth Foster, Jr.
Friday, January 30, 2015

Kenneth Foster was 20 years old when he was sentenced to death in 1996,  under Texas’ controversial Law of Parties.  Here he shares a beautiful statement of support for Rodney Reed that is a call to action. Kenneth, his family, and an international group of supporters campaigned successfully to stop his execution in August of 2007.