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The death penalty is in flux, with Congress and numerous states debating the punishment while some—Texas, most of all—keep trying to carry out executions. In Death Sentences, Marshall Project reporters Keri Blakinger, Maurice Chammah and others tell the stories that you need to know about the death penalty’s past, as well as its uncertain future.
Death Sentences September 7
As a Texas man sues for his pastor to touch him during his execution, a guide to rights for the condemned.
Death Sentences July 16
The case of Rodney Reed — whose innocence claims were championed by the reality TV star — raises questions about celebrities’ role in the criminal justice system.
May 6
“I don’t understand trying to kill somebody who is already dying,” says the sister of Idaho death-row prisoner Gerald Pizzuto.
Death Sentences April 15
A growing number of conservative lawmakers want to overhaul capital punishment, or end it.
Death Sentences April 5
The men arrested in recent killings in Atlanta, Boulder, Colorado, and Orange, California, could face very different sentences if convicted.
Life Inside April 1
I escaped Donald Trump’s last-minute execution spree. Now I have to find a way to keep fighting.
Death Sentences March 12
Biden vowed to end the death penalty. A recent court filing suggests where he might start.
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.
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.
Looking Back January 26
In an excerpt from his new book, ‘Let the Lord Sort Them,’ Marshall Project staff writer Maurice Chammah explains where a 1970s legal team fighting the death penalty went wrong.