50 Years Ago, a SCOTUS Decision Placed a Moratorium on Executions. It's Time to Revive it, Permanently
by Rick Halperin
Fifty years ago this week, the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty violated the Constitution, opening a de facto moratorium as states legislated new capital punishment statutes. It's time to make this brief victory for human rights permanent.
Why Firing Squads are Making a Comeback in 21st-Century America
South Carolina's proposed return to execution by firing squad reflects the facts that, while the Roberts Court is very protective of capital punishment, it is increasingly difficult for states to acquire the drugs needed to perform lethal injections. It remains to be seen if firing squads will turn public opinion against capital punishment.
SOURCE: New York Times
Virginia Becomes First Southern State to Abolish the Death Penalty
Governor Ralph Northam explained that the state could guarantee neither racial equity nor the indisputable guilt of condemned prisoners. Virginia had executed more prisoners than any American state or colony in 413 years of the death penalty.
Is Virginia's Move to Abolish the Beginning of the End of the Death Penalty in America?
by Rick Halperin
Virginia's move to abolish capital punishment is long overdue, and other states and the federal government should follow suit to restore American legitimacy on global human rights.
SOURCE: Racist Roots: Origins of North Carolina's Death Penalty
“The Death Penalty Is Another Confederate Monument We Must Tear Down.”
A collaborative project examines the history of capital punishment in North Carolina, beginning with an introduction by death penalty litigator Henderson Hill.
SOURCE: Washington Post
White supremacists dragged James Byrd to his death in 1998. One of them was just executed.
Some community members still talk about the negative impression left by the horrific crime and legal aftermath.
SOURCE: New Yorker
New Yorker profiles activist who's drawing attention to lynchings
by Jeffrey Toobin
In Alabama, Bryan Stevenson is saving inmates from execution and memorializing the darkest episodes of America’s past.
“It’s a Hell of a Thing, Killing a Man.”
by Anthony Galvin
George Stinney was one of the 4% of executed people who are completely innocent. His crime was being black in the forties. He was 14.
SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun
There's no such thing as a gentle execution
by Jonathan Zimmerman
We have spent two centuries trying to put people to death without putting them in discomfort. And it hasn't worked.
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