Sarah Liell

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American Exceptionalism, Crime-and-Punishment Edition

It is part of human nature to punish, and often cruelly so, but a provocative new book persuasively explains why American punishments remain so relentlessly harsh even in the 21st Century.<p>On Capitol Hill Tuesday the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) presiding, will hold …

There Are 13 Countries Where Atheism Is Punishable by Death

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Atheists living in 13 countries risk being condemned to death, just for their beliefs (or …

Why I Changed My Mind About the Death Penalty

As governor, I oversaw the execution of 19 murderers. But now the death penalty is making me queasy.<p>In 1990, when I was campaigning to take back the Texas governor’s mansion four years after I was unseated, I ran an ad I now regret. In it, I walked in front of blown-up photographs of 19 men who had …

The global fight to end capital punishment

"If we needed to hang someone tomorrow," Martin Martinez, Trinidad and Tobago's commissioner of prisons, says, grinning wolfishly, "we would grease up the gallows and buy some new rope." Death by hanging is the penalty for anyone convicted of murder in Trinidad and Tobago, although no one has been …

Pew Research death penalty poll: Why whites support capital punishment more than blacks.

We hear a lot about the racial disparity in death penalty sentencing, namely, that black Americans are dramatically overrepresented on death row.<p>Less …

It's time for the demise of capital punishment in the US

2012 was a bad year for the death penalty in America, but a better one for humanity.<p>Executions have decreased 75% since their peak in 1996, and Connecticut joined 17 other states and the District of Columbia in abolishing capital punishment. All in all, the United States justice system killed 43 …