News and Updates

Capital punishment slowly loses ground in US


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By: Chantal Valery
AFP
Monday, November 28, 2011

WASHINGTON — With a new moratorium on the death penalty in Oregon and a drop in the number of death sentences and executions, capital punishment is slowly losing ground in the United States.

Oregon governor John Fitzhaber announced on Tuesday that the northwestern state will halt executions at least until the end of his mandate, joining the camp of US states that have effectively shunned the death penalty.


Another fantastic CEDP convention!


By: Lily Hughes and Misti Blakeny
Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty held it's 11th annual convention in Austin, Texas for the first time ever, over the weekend of November 11-13.  Thanks so much to everyone who participated in a wonderful weekend of discussion, debate, and organizing against the death penalty!


Court of Criminal Appeals Grants Hank Skinner Stay


Credit: Caleb Bryant Miller
By: Brandi Grissom
The Texas Tribune
Monday, November 7, 2011

 The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Monday granted a stay of execution for Hank Skinner. 


The Campaign to End the Death Penalty stands with the 99% Occupy Movement


At Occupy Atlanta
By: The Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Campaign to End the Death Penalty (CEDP) is a fighting organization made up of the 99%: former and current prisoners and their families, and activists who oppose racism, the death penalty, and mass incarceration. We fight for the 2.4 million people behind bars in the United States, who are largely poor people of color who can’t afford to buy real justice. We fight for a system that gets tough on the root cause of crime—poverty. We fight for a system that dedicates resources to mental healthcare, jobs, after-school programs, education, and drug treatment instead of prisons.


Chart of the Day: Support for Capital Punishment Sinks to a Nearly Four-Decade Low


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A lethal injection room at the San Quentin State Prison.
By: Asawin Suebsaeng
Mother Jones
Monday, October 17, 2011

The number of Americans who approve of the death penalty is at its lowest level in nearly four decades, according to a Gallup poll published last week. The poll, which was conducted between October 6 and 9 (just two weeks after the controversial execution ofTroy Davis), puts national support for capital punishment at 61 percen


Texas to Condemned Man: Execution First, DNA Later


By: David Protess
Huffington Post
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

If you were moved by the plight of Troy Davis, wait until you hear what is happening to Hank Skinner.

Skinner, 49, has been on death row in Texas since 1995 for the murders of his girlfriend and her two adult sons in their Panhandle home. He has steadfastly professed his innocence. In recent years, the State's star witness recanted her testimony to my journalism students and others, and several witnesses told the students that the female victim's uncle (now deceased) was the likely killer.


Support the California prisoner hunger strike!


Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

With 12,000 Participants Last Week, Prisoner Hunger Strike Begins 8th Day CDCR Bars Family Member Visits 


Texas to Condemned Man: Execution First, DNA Later


By: David Protess
Huffington Post
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

If you were moved by the plight of Troy Davis, wait until you hear what is happening to Hank Skinner.


Martina Correia on Execution of Troy Davis: "My Brother’s Fight Will Continue"


By: Amy Goodman
Democracy Now
Monday, September 26, 2011

View the video of this interview on Democracy Now.


An Indefensible Punishment

By: Editorial
The New York Times
Sunday, September 25, 2011

When the Supreme Court reinstituted the death penalty 35 years ago, it did so provisionally. Since then, it has sought to articulate legal standards for states to follow that would ensure the fair administration of capital punishment and avoid the arbitrariness and discrimination that had led it to strike down all state death penalty statutes in 1972.