News and Updates

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.

The Humane Death Penalty Charade

Charles Warner, left; Richard Glossip, right Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections
By: NYT Editorial Board
New York Times
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

When the United States at last abandons the abhorrent practice of capital punishment, the early years of the 21st century will stand out as a peculiar period during which otherwise reasonable people hotly debated how to kill other people while inflicting the least amount of constitutionally acceptable pain.

Botched Lethal Injection Executions Reignite Death Penalty Debate

Credit: AP
In 2014, there were four botched executions, including one at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
By: Wade Goodwyn
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

This past year, the number of inmates executed in America was the lowest in two decades at 35, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

US executes fewer prisoners, but deaths are more brutal: report

An increase in botched executions highlights a year that had a sharp drop of state-sanctioned deaths

Credit: Pat Sullivan/AP
By: Ed Pilkington
The Guardian
Thursday, December 18, 2014

When students of the US death penalty look back on the year 2014 they are likely to remember it as one of the most grotesque on record, punctuated by a series of botched executions in which prisoners writhed, gasped and groaned for lengthy periods on the gurney.

Texs Denies DNA Testing in Death Row Case of Rodney Reed

Credit: Jan Janner/American-Statesman
By: Jordan Smith
The Intercept
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Texas judge on Tuesday ruled that no additional DNA testing is warranted in the case of condemned inmate Rodney Reed, sentenced to die for the 1996 murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites.