Death Penalty



“Courts have no problem if I stand up and say I want the death penalty. But call for mercy, and I feel like an enemy of the state.” more

Nov 1, 2017 12:00 AM Magazine 2 Comments


Abe Bonowitz

"Our deepest concern is to use our trial to put the death penalty on trial." more

Jun 30, 2017 3:41 PM Dispatches 1 Comments


Courtesy of Shane Claiborne

A native of Tennessee, Claiborne calls on Christians, especially Evangelicals, to turn toward a practice of nonviolence, social justice, and solidarity with the poor. Alabama, pay attention. more

Apr 19, 2017 3:22 PM Dispatches

"Do we love everybody?" more

Jul 19, 2016 2:46 PM Dispatches

In the Dirty Harry movies of the '70s and '80s, Clint Eastwood shot up the bad guys with his over-the-top Smith and Wesson that he often growled was “the most powerful handgun in the world.”   Dirty Harry's gun was much bigger (.45 caliber) th... more

May 26, 2015 8:24 PM Dispatches 4 Comments

Editor's note: 30 years ago, police ordered the bombing of the Philadelphia headquarters of the black liberation group MOVE, killing eleven people including four children. As Baltimore reels after the death of twenty-five-year-old Freddie Gray more

Apr 30, 2015 9:24 PM Magazine

No human being deserves the death penalty, not even the Boston bomber. more

Apr 21, 2015 2:12 PM Op-Eds 1 Comments

It looks as if the practice of the death penalty is finally catching up with America. We must do better than this. The botched April 29 execution of death row inmate Clayton Lockett, 38, in Oklahoma was gruesome, cruel and barbaric. The man di... more

May 6, 2014 9:54 PM Dispatches

Texas reached a ghoulish landmark this week, executing its 500th inmate since the Supreme Court legalized the death penalty in 1976 and the state began its murder spree in 1982.Kimberly McCarthy, 52, was put to death for the murder of her 71-year... more

Jun 27, 2013 9:06 PM Dispatches

A few points on the prosecution of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.I'm glad the Obama administration is not treating him as an enemy combatant and is not trying him before a military commission or sending him down to Guantanamo. We haven't slipped to the botto... more

Apr 23, 2013 9:47 PM Dispatches

The death penalty is actually on the decline in America. And that's as it should be. The imposition of the death penalty is rife with corruption, incompetence, race and class bias and human error. Often, the innocent are killed. Last year, ... more

Feb 4, 2013 3:40 PM Op-Eds

San Quentin's former warden now heads a leading anti-death-penalty group. more

Mar 2, 2012 1:44 PM Dispatches

John Kitzhaber joins former Illinois governor George Ryan and former New Mexico governor Toney Anaya in unplugging the machinery of death. more

Nov 25, 2011 8:45 PM Dispatches

You're like a head of cabbage in a garden: planted, forced to lead a static existence, every day exactly like the last and the next. more

Apr 7, 2011 8:50 PM Dispatches 2 Comments

Sunday, Oct. 10, is World Day Against the Death Penalty, and on this day, we urge the United States to outlaw this horrible punishment. As the son and granddaughter of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, executed by the U.S. government after being con... more

Oct 10, 2010 4:46 PM Dispatches

I’m against the execution of any person, no matter how heinous the crime. And the cycle of murder will spin ever faster after Saddam hangs lifeless. I’ve got no doubt that Saddam Hussein is guilty of some of the most heinous crimes of the l... more

Dec 29, 2006 5:25 PM Op-Eds

Virginia authorities executed Nat Turner for murder 175 years ago. For many white Americans, Turner remains a terrorist. For many in the black community, he is our hero. more

Nov 9, 2006 12:39 PM Dispatches

"The report said it was the first time that a death-row prisoner had become pregnant in Vietnam and that police were investigating how it had happened." more

Oct 13, 2006 8:13 PM Dispatches

And so I say, yes, spare the life even of Zacarias Moussaoui. more

Apr 14, 2006 4:39 PM Op-Eds