What Gavin Newsom's Moratorium on the Death Penalty Means for California's Death Row Inmates
The governor's moratorium affects 737 people—more than a quarter of the country's death row inmates.
SCOTUS Just Made It Harder to Execute Intellectually Disabled Prisoners
Texas has been trying to execute Bobby Moore for decades. The Supreme Court once again said "no."
An Alabama Man Executed Thursday Faced Legal Battles Until His Death
The Supreme Court denied Domineque Ray's request to have his Muslim imam in the room during his lethal injection, raising questions of religious discrimination. But his trial and death sentence were an uphill battle from the start.
Texas Still Hasn't Created Legislation Preventing the Execution of Intellectually Disabled Defendants
The Lone Star state has still not come up with a single method of determining which prisoners should be exempt from the death penalty, despite a Supreme Court mandate.
A Pacific Standard Guide to Kamala Harris' Record on Criminal Justice Reform
The presidential candidate has an interesting record of championing reform while working within political constraints.
Why the American Public Is Coming to Reject Lethal Injection
The total number of executions is declining, but we're not executing the worst criminals—just the criminals with the worst lawyers.
Sentencing Minors to Life Without Parole Is Declared Unconstitutional in Washington State
With this ruling, Washington joined 20 other states and the District of Columbia that consider juvenile life without parole unconstitutional
Kwame Rockwell Will Be the Next Disabled Person Executed by America
America's courts still don't have clear protections for defendants with severe mental illness.
The Death Penalty Becomes Illegal in Washington State
After hearing the last appeal from a man on death row, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the death penalty, as applied in the state, is unconstitutional.
Nebraska Becomes the First State to Use Fentanyl for a Lethal Injection
Officials in Nebraska used fentanyl to execute a death row inmate on Tuesday, marking the first time the powerful opioid has been used to carry out the death penalty in the United States.
A Pharmaceutical Company Is Suing Nevada Over Untested Drugs in a Lethal Injection
In only the second-ever case of its kind, a pharmaceutical company sued Wednesday to stop the state of Nevada from using an untested drug in a lethal injection.
The Death Penalty in America: A Lethal History
In colonial Virginia, authorities could hang settlers for a crime as small as stealing grapes or killing a neighbor's chicken. The penal code in America's first colony was, in fact, so harsh its governor eventually reduced the number of capital offenses out of fear that settlers would refuse to live there. Since then, the number and severity of crimes punishable by death in the United States have fluctuated; today, the death penalty is still legal in 31 states. Here are some of the critical turning points in the history of capital punishment in America.
What the Terrorist Steals When He Takes His Own Life
What happens when suicide forestalls any possibility of justice?
Oklahoma Is Going to Use Nitrogen Gas on Death Row Inmates
Seventeen inmates in Oklahoma are awaiting set execution dates.
The Lede, Issue #4: Racial Trauma, the Death Penalty in America, Marilynne Robinson Essays, and More
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How IQ Tests Are Perverted to Justify the Death Penalty
Research has identified embedded racism in IQ tests. Now, prosecutors in at least eight states are using that research—to legalize more executions.