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Death Penalty


UN Experts Urge Biden to Abolish 'Inherently Flawed' Death Penalty

"There is no time to lose with thousands of individuals on state death rows across the country and several executions scheduled at state level in 2021."

Brett Wilkins ·


My Long-Lost Conversation With John Lewis on His Vision of Nonviolence

In this never-before-released interview, the late civil rights leader and congressman talks systemic racism, permanent warfare, extreme poverty and nonviolence as a way of life.

Rev. John Dear ·


Report Finds Biden Can Potentially Freeze Dozens of Trump's Last-Minute 'Egregious and Damaging' Rollbacks

"Trump's sloppiness and incompetence has created an opening to undo some of the damage caused by his destructive anti-regulatory agenda."

Jessica Corbett ·


Virginia—the Nation's "Death Penalty Capital"—Poised to Become First State in South to Ban Capital Punishment

"Thankfully, the repeal of the death penalty by its leading practitioner gives hope that work for justice is not in vain."

Andrea Germanos ·


After 412 Years and 1,391 Executions, Virginia Poised to Abolish Death Penalty as Senate Passes Historic Bill

"We're going to look back 50 years from now, and that electric chair and that lethal injection table, they're going be sitting in a museum," predicted Sen. Scott A. Surovell.

Brett Wilkins ·


35 House Democrats Join Reps. Bush and Pressley in Calling on Biden to End Federal Executions for Good

Warning that future administrations could follow in Trump's footsteps, the lawmakers urge Biden to commute the death sentences of all federal inmates to "ensure that there would be no one left on death row to kill."

Jessica Corbett ·


Sotomayor Says 13 People Executed During Trump Killing Spree 'Deserved More From This Court'

"This is not justice," said the liberal Justice after the state murder of Dustin John Higgs as she excoriated the court's conservative majority for essentially rubber-stamping the administration's rushed death penalties.

Jon Queally ·


Amid Trump Killing Spree, Family of Martin Luther King Jr Joins Chorus Demanding: 'Abolish the Death Penalty'

Corey Johnson—who was Black, Covid-19 positive, and had an intellectual disability—was executed Thursday. Dustin Higgs, also Black and infected with the virus, is now set to be the 13th person put to death since Trump resumed federal killings.

Andrea Germanos ·


Lawyer for Lisa Montgomery Condemns 'Craven Bloodlust' of Trump Administration as DOJ Executes Mentally Ill Woman

"Our Constitution forbids the execution of a person who is unable to rationally understand her execution. The current administration knows this. And they killed her anyway."

Jake Johnson ·


Acting US AG Rosen Urged to Postpone Three Executions Planned for This Week Due to Pandemic

The outgoing Trump administration has killed 10 death row inmates since resuming federal executions after a 17-year hiatus.

Jessica Corbett ·

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