Michelle frometa

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Why is public support for the death penalty declining?

Fifty-five percent of US adults support the death penalty, according to a Pew Research Center analysis released Friday – down from a peak of 78 …

Oklahoma former prison warden: death penalty does not help families

As Oklahoma prepares for its first double-execution since 1937 after an unprecedented dispute between two courts, the governor and the legislature, the former warden of the state prison says he has come to see the death penalty as a very expensive punishment that fails to deter crime or bring …

Study Says Hundreds of Prisoners Sentenced to Death Were Probably Innocent

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>About 4.1 percent of those who were sentenced to death between 1973 and 2004, or about 300 people, …

The Inhumanity of the Death Penalty

In America, the history of the criminal justice—and of executions—is inseparable from white supremacy.<p>Fifteen years ago, Clayton Lockett shot Stephanie Neiman twice, then watched as his friends buried her alive. Last week, Lockett was tortured to death by the state of Oklahoma. The torture was not …

Death to the Death Penalty

The recent torturous execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma has propelled the death penalty into the national discourse. The secret three-drug cocktail that prison authorities administered to Lockett -- the first to render him unconscious, the second to paralyze him and the third to stop his …

Missouri death row case in US supreme court's hands after execution stay

The nine justices of the US supreme court must decide on Wednesday whether or not uphold a stay of execution for a death-row inmate in Missouri whose lawyers argue faces a prolonged and agonizing death as a result of a rare medical condition that could complicate the lethal injection process.<p>The …

Supreme Court's Irrational Death-Penalty Decision

On the surface, the Supreme Court's death penalty holding today seems like a win for rationality and smart statistics. The 5-4 decision in Hall v. …