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Feature July 24, 2020
An oral history of the first federal execution under Donald Trump, as told by victims’ relatives, prison staff, and others.
Life Inside April 6, 2017
In Arkansas, 8 men are scheduled to die by lethal injection this month.
News August 31, 2015
Defense lawyers call it a crisis; the state says it’s just doing its job.
Life Inside April 12, 2018
“I wondered whether the system I have been a part of for so long was, simply, barbaric.”
News August 30, 2017
Medical professionals say the state’s new lethal injection protocol “doesn’t make much sense.”
Q&A February 23, 2016
The Oscar-nominated short ‘Last Day of Freedom’ traces the troubled life of a black veteran.
Death Sentences January 14
Feds spent millions to restart the death penalty and in the process revealed much about how they do it.
Case in Point September 17, 2019
How Lezmond Mitchell became the only Native American on federal death row.
News June 19, 2020
The Houston shooting has sparked more questions about use of force and what many experts call the failed promise of police body cameras.
News November 19, 2015
Supporters rally around a more efficient system of execution.
News March 18, 2015
State bar files charges more than 10 years after execution.
News December 1, 2014
The impending execution of Scott Panetti and the search for a standard of sanity.
Life Inside April 25, 2019
“It was as though a small part of me died with each execution.”
News November 13, 2019
Rodney Reed faces execution in Texas despite mounting evidence of innocence and bipartisan support.
News January 13, 2015
The impending execution of a decorated soldier shows the limits of the PTSD defense.
Life Inside April 1
I escaped Donald Trump’s last-minute execution spree. Now I have to find a way to keep fighting.
Commentary November 18, 2015
On the eve of the next execution, a look at the state’s history of bad lawyering and faulty evidence.
News June 7, 2018
As Andre Thomas faces execution for three gory murders, a court questions jury bias and his competency.
Case in Point April 17, 2019
A South Dakota case reflects the national debate on whether execution should be banned for the mentally ill.
Death Sentences February 10
The Marshall Project tracked every execution in America for more than five years. For condemned people, the path to death grew longer, more winding and erratic.
News October 15, 2018
After forcing Nevada into a legal battle over its lethal injection drugs, an execution “volunteer” says the state is punishing him.
Life Inside March 5, 2020
“There are a lot of people working hard to pull off an execution successfully, and they don’t want to go through all of that just to be cheated out of it at the last minute by the guy committing suicide.”
Death Sentences March 12
Biden vowed to end the death penalty. A recent court filing suggests where he might start.
News May 15, 2015
Like many states, the feds have trouble getting the killer drugs.
Commentary September 28, 2017
A therapist on the emotional price lawyers pay to defend individuals sentenced to death.
News January 16, 2015
Lawyer v. Court. Guess who wins?
News December 1, 2014
Protecting doctors who testify for lethal injections.
News May 15, 2015
A closer look at the three federal inmates who have been executed since the 1960s.
Analysis April 12, 2016
Only 4 states are currently carrying out lethal injections, and 10 are considering other methods.
Commentary December 20, 2016
For defenders, the frantic paperwork ends, and so does a client’s life.
Death Sentences February 4
Raymond Riles has been on death row longer than anyone in America. He’s one of many who have languished there for decades with severe mental illnesses.
Analysis October 18, 2017
Recent court rulings and start-stop access to lethal drugs push numbers up this year.
Coronavirus March 23, 2020
Colorado abolished capital punishment. But COVID-19 is pausing it everywhere else.
News August 13, 2015
How other states dealt with their death rows after killing capital punishment.
News December 1, 2014
Conservative stalwarts urge Texas to spare Scott Panetti.
News January 31, 2015
Who’s selling what to the executioner?
Death Sentences January 8
Mental illness, childhood abuse and brain injuries affect a large share of those who face the death penalty.
“I don’t understand trying to kill somebody who is already dying,” says the sister of Idaho death-row prisoner Gerald Pizzuto.
First & Latest September 30, 2015
A closer look at why female executions are so rare.
News December 7, 2015
Join us for a chat on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. about the state of the death penalty in 2015, and what's to come in 2016
News April 10, 2017
The cases of the condemned capture much of the debate for and against the death penalty.
Feature June 1, 2015
Three states, three ways to kill a human being.
Life Inside July 16, 2020
Days before Daniel Lewis Lee became the first federal prisoner executed in 17 years, fellow death row resident Billie J. Allen wrote about the shared terror of wondering who’s next.
Commentary July 27, 2015
Would the Founders have protected people we execute now?
The Rules April 3, 2015
Keep it simple, keep it religious.
Crime on the Ballot November 9, 2016
Voters in three states approve measures to strengthen capital punishment.
Feature June 9, 2015
Missouri keeps killing Jennifer Herndon’s clients. So she invented an alternate life.
News January 3, 2018
Here are the most important places to keep an eye on.
Analysis June 30, 2016
We’re in the middle of one of the longest death penalty lulls in 24 years.
Life Inside February 16, 2017
‘I can’t touch him and comfort him.’
Quiz February 2, 2016
Some judges say yes, some say no. Care to second guess?
Justice Lab January 29, 2015
Why are IQ scores still being used to determine who is fit to be executed?
News April 29, 2015
High Court’s conservatives bridle at ‘guerilla’ tactics of ‘abolitionist’ movement.
Crime on the Ballot October 19, 2016
Nebraska, Oklahoma, and California will test the prospects of abolition.
Feature January 6, 2019
More than a year ago, Nevada death row prisoner Scott Dozier gave up his legal appeals and asked to be executed. He’s still waiting.
News December 9, 2015
Journalists Liliana Segura, Gabriel Dance and Maurice Chammah took your questions about the death penalty and criminal justice reporting. Here are some of the highlights.
Commentary December 17, 2015
Gretchen Sween was hired a month before Holiday was executed. This is what she saw.
Quiz April 28, 2015
Which do we kill more humanely, our pets or condemned prisoners?
News June 29, 2015
Are U.S. drug companies against the death penalty? Sort of.
Death Sentences April 15
A growing number of conservative lawmakers want to overhaul capital punishment, or end it.
News August 26, 2015
An appeals lawyer who has represented more than a half-dozen men put to death in Missouri faces questions about her competency.
Coronavirus March 17, 2020
“We now have no idea what’s going on inside.”
Commentary July 2, 2018
When the government executed Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the welfare of their two boys was a secondary concern.
Analysis June 29, 2015
And a blazing battle over the death penalty itself.
Life Inside March 31, 2016
San Quentin inmate Kevin Cooper on watching the minutes tick away on his life.
Analysis January 12, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court says state judges cannot sentence death without a jury’s mandate
Life Inside March 16, 2017
Always playing against the clock.
Commentary March 6, 2016
An attorney pieces together a life cut short.
Commentary March 19, 2015
Georgia has become the laboratory of criminal justice reform.
Commentary November 30, 2014
There are fates worse than death.
News and Awards September 26, 2016
Open-source reporting tool enables reporters to monitor websites for breaking news
News July 23, 2017
Arizona is set to become the latest state to move away from automatic isolation for death row inmates.
News March 16, 2017
But the tough-on-crime establishment fights back.
News April 28, 2016
Over the last 40 years, reversals have become commonplace.
News July 13, 2017
Scharlette Holdman, pioneering foe of the death penalty, dies at 70.
Looking Back April 30, 2015
The life and death of Robert Utter, former state Supreme Court justice and death penalty opponent.
News March 15, 2018
The state knows shockingly little about how this would work.
News and Awards July 22, 2019
They are part of a new team focusing on the high incarceration states of the American South.
News January 20, 2015
He was nearly executed because his lawyers missed a filing deadline. Now the Supreme Court has weighed in on what should happen next.
Case in Point January 29, 2018
Sometimes capital punishment is just the luck of the draw.
News November 28, 2017
A budget crunch in Louisiana leads to an unusual wait list.
Life Inside August 30, 2018
Or, what happens when guards and prison staff interact as just human beings.
Analysis May 25, 2016
White-on-black murders rarely result in a death sentence. Roof might be an exception.
News January 27, 2015
But we don’t execute them. A short history.
Life Inside September 21, 2017
No matter what, I don't think he should die.
Analysis August 14, 2016
As demographics change, a move toward mercy.
Crime on the Ballot October 16, 2016
The city’s unrest emerges as a wedge issue in the governor’s race.
Commentary June 28, 2017
Leaked documents reveal coordination between big business and law enforcement to break up last year’s protests at Standing Rock.
Case in Point April 2, 2018
Did a prosecutor lie about whether the family of a murder victim wanted the death penalty?
Feature December 17, 2014
The public supports it, but the costs are lethal.
Looking Back March 13, 2015
The gruesome 18th Century legal case that turned a famed philosopher into a crusader for the innocent.
News September 22, 2016
A fund is designated to train, pay and advise American defense lawyers.
The Lowdown January 8
Everyone's talking about sedition, treason and conspiracy. Here's what these terms actually mean and how they've been enforced.
News January 18, 2017
Two commutations this week was less than many had hoped for.
The Lowdown March 26, 2015
How some inmates hack, rewire, and retool their radios to create walkie-talkies.
Life Inside March 10, 2016
“If I could have done anything, it would have been to deadlock the jury, but I didn’t have the personal strength to do that.”
Commentary April 18, 2016
From David Simon's Baltimore anguish to elite police fraternities to teens behind bars.
News May 11, 2017
John Jackson did not commit misconduct in 1992 case, a jury finds.
Commentary May 28, 2015
A deep-red state shows the way, with conservatives in the lead.