Death Penalty

Christopher Young is directing a documentary film from inside his cell on death row. Read more




Anthony Ray Hinton spent thirty years on death row before he was exonerated, and released in 2015. Here’s an excerpt from his forthcoming book, where he writes about waiting to be killed for crimes he didn't commit. Read more




“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.” Read more

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Abe Bonowitz

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

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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. Read more


"Do we love everybody?" Read more


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... Read more

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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 Read more


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

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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... Read more


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... Read more


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... Read more


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, ... Read more


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


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


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. Read more

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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... Read more


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... Read more


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. Read more


"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." Read more