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News June 18
Charles Rhines argued jurors sent him to death row in part because they knew he was gay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
Commentary December 20, 2016
For defenders, the frantic paperwork ends, and so does a client’s life.
Crime on the Ballot November 9, 2016
Voters in three states approve measures to strengthen capital punishment.
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.
Quiz June 30, 2016
Forty years ago, we restored capital punishment.
Commentary June 9, 2016
How Terrance Williams became the face of the death penalty debate in Pennsylvania.
News April 28, 2016
Over the last 40 years, reversals have become commonplace.
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.”
Analysis January 12, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court says state judges cannot sentence death without a jury’s mandate
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.
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 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 13, 2015
How other states dealt with their death rows after killing capital punishment.
Commentary July 27, 2015
Would the Founders have protected people we execute now?
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?
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 December 17, 2014
Experts, experts and more experts.
Feature December 17, 2014
The public supports it, but the costs are lethal.
Commentary November 30, 2014
There are fates worse than death.
The Frame November 26, 2014
A portrait series captures the toll of long prison sentences on the people who serve them.
Feature November 15, 2014
How bad lawyering and an unforgiving law cost condemned men their last appeal.