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Capital Punishment

The number of executions and new capital punishment sentences approached all-time lows in 2019, a report said. The 22 people executed in 2019 are 76 less than the all-time high of 98 in 1999. […] Read More

Rodney Reed was scheduled to be executed on Nov. 20, but protests from celebrities, civil rights activists, lawmakers and the public halted his execution. Churches, meanwhile, were mostly silent. What’s wrong with this picture? […] Read More

The two camps claiming the term “pro-life” are often in opposition to each other. If each can see where the other comes from, can they find common ground to preserve the dignity of human life across the board? […] Read More

For the first time in Gallup’s polling history, U.S. confidence in the fair application of capital punishment dipped below 50 percent. […] Read More

While 31 U.S. states authorize capital punishment for certain crimes, only 12 have put someone to death in the last five years, a new report says. […] Read More

Support for the death penalty increased for the first time in more than two decades, according to a Pew Research Center report released on June 11. When asked, “Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?” 54 percent of U.S adults responded “strongly favor” or “favor.” […] Read More

I am Texan through and through. I was born in Mississippi, but I got here as quick as I could. I believe that barbecue ought to be eaten without sauce and that chili is better without beans. There is only one “America’s Team” and it resides in Texas. I believe cacti are pretty and coyotes […] Read More

Multiple studies reveal that our current U.S. legal system negatively impacts communities of color. A disproportionate number of people of color face both prison time and capital punishment. According to a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Justice, 67.8 percent of the 2010 prison population was non-white. That people of color unduly fill our […] Read More

Georgia has set an execution date – again – for Troy Davis, accused, convicted and sentenced in 1991 for the murder of police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989. Seven of the nine witnesses have recanted the testimony used to convict him, claiming they were coerced by police during the investigation. One of the other two […] Read More

Teresa Lewis faces execution on Sept. 23. She is the first woman scheduled for execution in Virginia in almost 100 years. I knew when I met Teresa I was taking a risk. The more I invested, the more painful the journey would become for me, especially if she was executed. I had faith. I had […] Read More