News and Updates

On the Death Sentence

Death row inmates in Texas’s Ellis I Unit, with Perry Mason on the television, 1994; photograph by Ken Light from his 1995 book Texas Death Row
By: John Paul Stevens
New York Review of Books
Thursday, December 23, 2010


Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition
by David Garland
Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 417 pp., $35.00

Biggest Prison Protest In History Underway In Georgia

News One for Black America
Monday, December 13, 2010


From Correntewire and Davey D’s Hip-Hop Blog

Georgia — On Thursday morning, December 9, 2010, thousands of Georgia prisoners refused to work, stopped all other activities and locked down in their cells in a peaceful protest for their human rights.

Prisoners Strike in Georgia

By: Sarah Wheaton
The New York Times
Sunday, December 12, 2010

In a protest apparently assembled largely through a network of banned cellphones, inmates across at least six prisons in Georgia have been on strike since Thursday, calling for better conditions and compensation, several inmates and an outside advocate said.

The verdict on legal lynching

The lethal injection chamber in Terre Haute, Indiana
By: Marlene Martin
Socialist Worker
Thursday, December 9, 2010


Marlene Martin, national director of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, looks at the arguments made against capital punishment by a former Supreme Court justice.

Framed for Murder?

Kevin Cooper
By: Nicholas D. Kristof
The New York Times
Wednesday, December 8, 2010


“California may be about to execute an innocent man.”

Texas Appeals Court Halts Hearing on Death Penalty Flaws

By: Debra Cassens Weiss
ABA Journal
Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Legal Challenge to the Death Penalty Begins in Texas

Credit: Nick De La Torre/Houston Chronicle, via Associated Press
Judge Kevin Fine, a Democrat elected last year, shocked many Texans by giving arguments against implementing the death penalty serious consideration.
By: James C. McKinley
The New York Times
Monday, December 6, 2010


HOUSTON — The death penalty went on trial Monday in Texas, a state where more prisoners are executed every year than in any other and where exonerations of people on death row occur with surprising regularity.

Panel OKs legislation to end Illinois death penalty

By: Kurt Erickson
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SPRINGFIELD -- A panel of lawmakers narrowly approved legislation Tuesday to abolish the death penalty in Illinois.

Broken Beyond Repair

Credit: Damon Winter/The New York Times
Bob Herbert
By: Bob Herbert
The New York Times
Monday, November 29, 2010

You can only hope that you will be as sharp and intellectually focused as former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens when you’re 90 years old.

Ex-Justice Criticizes Death Penalty

Former Justice John Paul Stevens wrote an essay for The New York Review of Books
By: Adam Liptak
The New York Times
Saturday, November 27, 2010