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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.
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
“It was as though a small part of me died with each execution.”
News January 13, 2015
The impending execution of a decorated soldier shows the limits of the PTSD defense.
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
A South Dakota case reflects the national debate on whether execution should be banned for the mentally ill.
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.
News May 15, 2015
Like many states, the feds have trouble getting the killer drugs.
News January 16, 2015
Lawyer v. Court. Guess who wins?
Commentary September 28, 2017
A therapist on the emotional price lawyers pay to defend individuals sentenced to death.
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.
News August 13, 2015
How other states dealt with their death rows after killing capital punishment.
Analysis October 18, 2017
Recent court rulings and start-stop access to lethal drugs push numbers up this year.
News December 1, 2014
Conservative stalwarts urge Texas to spare Scott Panetti.
News January 31, 2015
Who’s selling what to the executioner?
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.
Commentary July 27, 2015
Would the Founders have protected people we execute now?
News January 3, 2018
Here are the most important places to keep an eye on.
The Rules April 3, 2015
Keep it simple, keep it religious.
Feature June 9, 2015
Missouri keeps killing Jennifer Herndon’s clients. So she invented an alternate life.
Crime on the Ballot November 9, 2016
Voters in three states approve measures to strengthen capital punishment.
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?
Crime on the Ballot October 19, 2016
Nebraska, Oklahoma, and California will test the prospects of abolition.
News April 29, 2015
High Court’s conservatives bridle at ‘guerilla’ tactics of ‘abolitionist’ movement.
Feature January 6
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.
News June 29, 2015
Are U.S. drug companies against the death penalty? Sort of.
Quiz April 28, 2015
Which do we kill more humanely, our pets or condemned prisoners?
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.
Analysis June 29, 2015
And a blazing battle over the death penalty itself.
Commentary July 2, 2018
When the government executed Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the welfare of their two boys was a secondary concern.
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.
Life Inside March 16, 2017
Always playing against the clock.
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
News March 16, 2017
But the tough-on-crime establishment fights back.
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 July 13, 2017
Scharlette Holdman, pioneering foe of the death penalty, dies at 70.
News April 28, 2016
Over the last 40 years, reversals have become commonplace.
News March 15, 2018
The state knows shockingly little about how this would work.
Looking Back April 30, 2015
The life and death of Robert Utter, former state Supreme Court justice and death penalty opponent.
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.
News and Awards July 22
They are part of a new team focusing on the high incarceration states of the American South.
Case in Point January 29, 2018
Sometimes capital punishment is just the luck of the draw.
News January 27, 2015
But we don’t execute them. A short history.
Life Inside August 30, 2018
Or, what happens when guards and prison staff interact as just human beings.
Life Inside September 21, 2017
No matter what, I don't think he should die.
Analysis May 25, 2016
White-on-black murders rarely result in a death sentence. Roof might be an exception.
Commentary June 28, 2017
Leaked documents reveal coordination between big business and law enforcement to break up last year’s protests at Standing Rock.
News November 28, 2017
A budget crunch in Louisiana leads to an unusual wait list.
Case in Point April 2, 2018
Did a prosecutor lie about whether the family of a murder victim wanted the death penalty?
Crime on the Ballot October 16, 2016
The city’s unrest emerges as a wedge issue in the governor’s race.
Analysis August 14, 2016
As demographics change, a move toward mercy.
Looking Back March 13, 2015
The gruesome 18th Century legal case that turned a famed philosopher into a crusader for the innocent.
Feature December 17, 2014
The public supports it, but the costs are lethal.
News September 22, 2016
A fund is designated to train, pay and advise American defense lawyers.
News February 13, 2015
As Pennsylvania hits pause on capital punishment, the script sounds familiar.
Life Inside May 17, 2018
Not even an extra boiled egg.
Commentary April 11, 2016
Pause the debate for some inconvenient history.
Commentary April 18, 2016
From David Simon's Baltimore anguish to elite police fraternities to teens behind bars.
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 May 28, 2015
A deep-red state shows the way, with conservatives in the lead.
The Lowdown March 26, 2015
How some inmates hack, rewire, and retool their radios to create walkie-talkies.
News January 18, 2017
Two commutations this week was less than many had hoped for.
News May 11, 2017
John Jackson did not commit misconduct in 1992 case, a jury finds.
News August 28, 2015
A grassroots effort aims to restore what the legislature just ended.
Looking Back July 2, 2015
A concurring opinion from the past
News May 14, 2015
... die a (probably) painless death or live 50 years in solitary?
Commentary September 15, 2015
Can the GOP interest in criminal justice reform survive Donald Trump?
Analysis October 14, 2016
The other quirk in the state’s death penalty system.
Analysis January 31, 2017
Trump’s nominee has the ideology without the temper.
Life Inside December 20, 2018
“Only this music captures my bitter, visceral pain.”
Feature November 15, 2014
How bad lawyering and an unforgiving law cost condemned men their last appeal.
Feature August 3, 2014
Did Texas execute an innocent man?
Life Inside November 30, 2017
“It felt like the universe put us together.”
News January 6, 2015
From Calvin Coolidge to Bill de Blasio.
Justice Talk May 30, 2016
We’re talking all about mental illness and justice during our next Justice Talk with Digg, on Wednesday, June 1. For context, browse our guide to key reading on the issue.
Commentary February 27, 2015
How a post-Civil War massacre impacted racial justice in America.
News May 10, 2017
Here’s what you need to know about the “Tuesday Night Massacre.”