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Feature January 18
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.
Q&A October 2, 2017
A new book explores the slow demise of the ultimate punishment.
Life Inside February 16, 2017
‘I can’t touch him and comfort him.’
News January 18, 2017
Two commutations this week was less than many had hoped for.
News September 22, 2016
A fund is designated to train, pay and advise American defense lawyers.
Analysis August 14, 2016
As demographics change, a move toward mercy.
Commentary June 9, 2016
How Terrance Williams became the face of the death penalty debate in Pennsylvania.
Life Inside June 2, 2016
A prosecutor on the case he’ll never forget.
Analysis May 23, 2016
The Supreme Court considers what it takes to show that prosecutors, when they pick juries, are discriminating against minorities.
Life Inside March 31, 2016
San Quentin inmate Kevin Cooper on watching the minutes tick away on his life.
Commentary March 30, 2016
A close look at the grand compromise of 1976.
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 March 6, 2016
An attorney pieces together a life cut short.
Quiz February 2, 2016
Some judges say yes, some say no. Care to second guess?
Feature January 15, 2016
A look at Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley in their fourth debate.
Analysis January 12, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court says state judges cannot sentence death without a jury’s mandate
Analysis January 12, 2016
Abolitionists seek the perfect case for a Supreme Court challenge.
Commentary December 17, 2015
Gretchen Sween was hired a month before Holiday was executed. This is what she saw.
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.
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 November 19, 2015
Supporters rally around a more efficient system of execution.
Q&A November 16, 2015
The man who helped topple it (briefly) in 1972 gauges the likelihood of success.
Feature October 23, 2015
A one-on-one interview with the president.
First & Latest September 30, 2015
A closer look at why female executions are so rare.
Feature September 18, 2015
Tracking scheduled executions around the country.
News August 31, 2015
Defense lawyers call it a crisis; the state says it’s just doing its job.
News August 18, 2015
Another death penalty case, another accusation of misconduct.
Commentary July 27, 2015
Would the Founders have protected people we execute now?
Analysis July 2, 2015
And to whom was he saying it?
Analysis June 29, 2015
And a blazing battle over the death penalty itself.
Commentary May 28, 2015
A deep-red state shows the way, with conservatives in the lead.
News May 15, 2015
Like many states, the feds have trouble getting the killer drugs.
News May 14, 2015
... die a (probably) painless death or live 50 years in solitary?
News April 29, 2015
High Court’s conservatives bridle at ‘guerilla’ tactics of ‘abolitionist’ movement.
Quiz April 28, 2015
Which do we kill more humanely, our pets or condemned prisoners?
Commentary March 19, 2015
Georgia has become the laboratory of criminal justice reform.
Commentary March 13, 2015
The incoming head of the Death Penalty Information Center on the time he was a potential juror in a capital case.
News March 10, 2015
Louisiana tried to sentence five men to death for the murder of a prison guard. It wasn’t cheap.
Feature March 9, 2015
More questions about the Willingham case.
Commentary March 2, 2015
On the 10th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision about juveniles and the death penalty, what has really changed?
News January 31, 2015
Who’s selling what to the executioner?
Justice Lab January 29, 2015
Why are IQ scores still being used to determine who is fit to be executed?
News January 27, 2015
But we don’t execute them. A short history.
News January 13, 2015
The impending execution of a decorated soldier shows the limits of the PTSD defense.
Feature December 17, 2014
The public supports it, but the costs are lethal.
News December 10, 2014
Not much. Which may be why Robert Holsey is dead.