Lawmakers in Delaware and Kansas have announced their intentions to move forward with death penalty repeal legislation early in 2016. This is more evidence of national momentum away from capital punishment in the U.S.
Last week, in Hurst v. Florida, the Supreme Court ruled that Florida’s capital sentencing scheme was unconstitutional. Timothy Lee Hurst challenged the legality of his death sentence because the Florida statute allowed the judge to overrule the recommendation of a jury and decide whether the facts exist to justify Read more
(Washington, D.C.) The use of the death penalty in the U.S. declined by virtually every measure in 2015. The 28 executions this year marked the lowest number since 1991, according to a report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC).Read more
With a new report showing that use of the death penalty is down and 30 states have now abolished capital punishment in law or in practice, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Executive Director Diann Rust-Tierney released the following statementRead more
Jefferson City, August 25, 2015: Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is asking Governor Nixon to halt the upcoming scheduled execution of Roderick Nunley. Missouri plans to execute Roderick Nunley on September 1 at 6 p.m. The state charged Nunley with first-degree murder for the abduction and Read more
President Obama did not mention the death penalty once in a speech he gave advocating for criminal justice reform to the NAACP on July 14, but all of the arguments he presented in favor of shortening sentences for non-violent drug offenders could also be applied to abolishing the death penalty.Read more
On May 10th we celebrate Mother’s Day. But there are mothers for whom the day will not be filled with celebration: mothers whose sons or daughters were murdered. No beribboned package, card or flowers will bestow the thing they want most– their precious child restored to them again. I spoke with Read more