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Death Penalty

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

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

The total number of people in the U.S. correctional system and the number of inmates under sentence of death in U.S. prisons both declined in 2016, according to Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) statistical briefs published in late April. Slightly more than 6.6 million inmates were in the U.S. correctional system (this includes persons in […] 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

(RNS) More than one-third of Americans now oppose the death penalty—the highest level in nearly 40 years—according to a new Gallup Poll. Moreover, those who believe the death penalty is being applied fairly, and those who say it isn’t used often enough, are at the lowest levels in a decade, underscoring significant changes in attitudes. […] 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

(RNS) In a last-minute bid to stop a Sept. 21 execution in Georgia, religious leaders have rallied in previously unseen numbers to call for clemency for death row inmate Troy Davis. As of Tuesday (Sept. 13), more than 3,000 religious leaders from all 50 states had signed a letter urging the Georgia Board of Pardons […] Read More