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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 …

Louisiana death row inmate freed after 15 years – with a little help from DNA

Every morning Damon Thibodeaux wakes up in his temporary digs in Minneapolis and wonders when his new-found freedom is going to come crashing down. …

Troy Davis execution: five egregious death penalty cases in the past year

The massive outpouring of anger over Troy Davis's death a year ago has not prevented other executions going ahead in the US amid considerable …

Jailed for life at age 14: US supreme court to consider juvenile sentences

When Quantel Lotts was 17 he put together a makeshift tattoo gun using the motor of an old Walkman casette player and a stylus fashioned from a …

The wrong Carlos: how Texas sent an innocent man to his death

A few years ago, Antonin Scalia, one of the nine justices on the US supreme court, made a bold statement. There has not been, he said, "a single case …

How America's death penalty murders innocents

The US criminal justice system is a broken machine that wrongfully convicts innocent people, sentencing thousands of people to prison or to death for …

Death penalty statistics, country by country

Once a key figure in the North Korean regime, Jang Song-thaek, the uncle of supreme leader Kim Jong-un, has been executed according to an …