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Commentary July 2
When the government executed Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the welfare of their two boys was a secondary concern.
News June 18
Charles Rhines argued jurors sent him to death row in part because they knew he was gay.
Case in Point June 11
His defenders say yes. South Dakota says no. The Supreme Court may soon weigh in.
News June 7
As Andre Thomas faces execution for three gory murders, a court questions jury bias and his competency.
Life Inside April 12
“I wondered whether the system I have been a part of for so long was, simply, barbaric.”
Case in Point April 2
Did a prosecutor lie about whether the family of a murder victim wanted the death penalty?
News March 15
The state knows shockingly little about how this would work.
Case in Point January 29
Sometimes capital punishment is just the luck of the draw.
News January 24
On Tennessee’s death row, the old aphorism applies: art is long, life is short.
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.
News January 3
Here are the most important places to keep an eye on.
Analysis October 18, 2017
Recent court rulings and start-stop access to lethal drugs push numbers up this year.
Case in Point October 16, 2017
The corkscrew case of Rogers Lacaze.
Q&A October 2, 2017
A new book explores the slow demise of the ultimate punishment.
Commentary September 28, 2017
A therapist on the emotional price lawyers pay to defend individuals sentenced to death.
Life Inside September 21, 2017
No matter what, I don't think he should die.
News August 30, 2017
Medical professionals say the state’s new lethal injection protocol “doesn’t make much sense.”
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.
Case in Point June 12, 2017
The Jerry Hartfield case is an extraordinary tale of justice delayed and denied.
News May 11, 2017
John Jackson did not commit misconduct in 1992 case, a jury finds.
Commentary April 27, 2017
He was the first man executed by Arkansas in nearly 12 years. Jurors never heard his story.
News April 10, 2017
The cases of the condemned capture much of the debate for and against the death penalty.
Life Inside April 6, 2017
In Arkansas, 8 men are scheduled to die by lethal injection this month.
Life Inside March 16, 2017
Always playing against the clock.
News March 16, 2017
But the tough-on-crime establishment fights back.
Life Inside March 9, 2017
But only after two wrongly convicted men were set free.
Analysis February 22, 2017
Was he sentenced to death “because he is black”?
Life Inside February 16, 2017
‘I can’t touch him and comfort him.’
News January 25, 2017
Away from Washington, a new breed of prosecutors takes first steps.
News January 18, 2017
Two commutations this week was less than many had hoped for.
Commentary December 21, 2016
In-depth investigations, insightful features and one story to give us hope.
Commentary December 20, 2016
For defenders, the frantic paperwork ends, and so does a client’s life.
Feature December 7, 2016
Judges have uniquely uncommon power in the state.
Crime on the Ballot November 9, 2016
Voters in three states approve measures to strengthen capital punishment.
Crime on the Ballot October 23, 2016
California Prop 62 would repeal the death penalty. A lifer says it doesn’t go far enough.
Crime on the Ballot October 19, 2016
Nebraska, Oklahoma, and California will test the prospects of abolition.
Crime on the Ballot October 17, 2016
Four important ballot measures you probably haven’t heard of.
Analysis October 14, 2016
The other quirk in the state’s death penalty system.
Life Inside October 6, 2016
“I felt like a virgin on my wedding night — eager to put this thing to use, not sure if it’ll hurt.”
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.
Analysis June 30, 2016
We’re in the middle of one of the longest death penalty lulls in 24 years.
Quiz June 30, 2016
Forty years ago, we restored capital punishment.
Case in Point June 19, 2016
Is that fair? The U.S. Supreme Court could soon decide.
Commentary June 9, 2016
How Terrance Williams became the face of the death penalty debate in Pennsylvania.
Life Inside May 26, 2016
Inside an innocence investigator’s hunt for a key witness.
Analysis May 25, 2016
White-on-black murders rarely result in a death sentence. Roof might be an exception.
Analysis May 23, 2016
The Supreme Court considers what it takes to show that prosecutors, when they pick juries, are discriminating against minorities.
Case in Point May 22, 2016
Someone else has confessed. The DNA evidence points elsewhere. What does it take to get off death row?
News April 28, 2016
Over the last 40 years, reversals have become commonplace.
Analysis April 12, 2016
Only 4 states are currently carrying out lethal injections, and 10 are considering other methods.
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.
Commentary March 28, 2016
The South Carolina prosecutor is known as ‘Death Penalty Donnie.’
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.
Q&A February 23, 2016
The Oscar-nominated short ‘Last Day of Freedom’ traces the troubled life of a black veteran.
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.
Feature January 14, 2016
Their sixth debate is in Charleston, a city still recovering from last year’s church killings.
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 21, 2015
Three themes that will trend, three that won’t
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.
Commentary November 18, 2015
On the eve of the next execution, a look at the state’s history of bad lawyering and faulty evidence.
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 September 10, 2015
An Alabama man, wrongfully convicted, overcomes a judicial override to gain his freedom.
News August 31, 2015
Defense lawyers call it a crisis; the state says it’s just doing its job.
News August 28, 2015
A grassroots effort aims to restore what the legislature just ended.
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.
News August 18, 2015
Another death penalty case, another accusation of misconduct.
News August 13, 2015
How other states dealt with their death rows after killing capital punishment.
Analysis July 29, 2015
Representing an avowed racist, a champion of racial justice.
Commentary July 27, 2015
Would the Founders have protected people we execute now?
Analysis July 2, 2015
And to whom was he saying it?
News June 29, 2015
Are U.S. drug companies against the death penalty? Sort of.
Analysis June 29, 2015
And a blazing battle over the death penalty itself.
News June 25, 2015
A case so messy one judge says it’s an argument for abolishing the death penalty.
Feature June 9, 2015
Missouri keeps killing Jennifer Herndon’s clients. So she invented an alternate life.
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 May 7, 2015
She was for reform before she was against it before she was for it.
Looking Back April 30, 2015
The life and death of Robert Utter, former state Supreme Court justice and death penalty opponent.
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?
Q&A April 9, 2015
‘They tell you justice is blind. I am telling you that justice can see.'
News April 8, 2015
If police had recorded his interrogation, would Max Soffar be on death row?
Looking Back March 13, 2015
The gruesome 18th Century legal case that turned a famed philosopher into a crusader for the innocent.
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?
Commentary February 26, 2015
Thurgood Marshall’s unsentimental views on race and the death penalty.
News February 11, 2015
The jester takes a bow.
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 28, 2015
A selective guide to the reporting on the next attorney general.
News January 27, 2015
But we don’t execute them. A short history.
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 January 16, 2015
Lawyer v. Court. Guess who wins?
News January 13, 2015
The impending execution of a decorated soldier shows the limits of the PTSD defense.
News January 7, 2015
The attorney general’s last word.
Graphics December 19, 2014
A guide to the latest stats in the world of criminal justice.
News December 17, 2014
Experts, experts and more experts.
Feature December 17, 2014
The public supports it, but the costs are lethal.
News December 1, 2014
Conservative stalwarts urge Texas to spare Scott Panetti.
News December 1, 2014
Protecting doctors who testify for lethal injections.
Commentary November 30, 2014
There are fates worse than death.
Q&A November 17, 2014
An interview with the outgoing attorney general.
Feature November 16, 2014
When lawyers stumble, only their clients fall.
Feature November 15, 2014
How bad lawyering and an unforgiving law cost condemned men their last appeal.